Garlic 0, Dog 2

We don’t even get to enjoy the scapes from the looks of things

Once again my dog has decided that we just should not have a crop of garlic this year. After he did this, I tried to create a buffer of chairs so he could not jump the fence. They failed. I hope some of the younger shoots will bounce back, but it is looking like he may have killed the entire crop.

It looks like it may be time to build a much taller fence. This does give me an excuse to expand the size of the garden as well.

Looking good

On the upside, the tomatoes are really coming along and the hot peppers have started to bear fruit as well. With the tomatoes, aside from plucking the shoots that grow at each Y intersection, I am also cutting back the tops once the plants get to about 4 1/2′ tall. This is to encourage the plants to set more fruit instead of growing into giant vines. It is also to help improve my first harvest since the summer is going to be a hot one and there probably will not be a good second crop if I get one at all this year.

About as effective as those hair-treatment products for men, not that I’d know

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45 Responses to Garlic 0, Dog 2

  1. Naughty dog, doesn’t he know that dogs aren’t allowed to eat garlic? Or is he just trampling it because he doesn’t like your breath when you eat it? Ha!

    4 1/2 feet tall tomato plants? Holy cow!

  2. That’s too bad. Have you tried attaching a “roof” of wire over the top that you could open like a lid at harvest time? That way it wouldn’t matter how high your dog can jump.

  3. nrhatch says:

    Sorry that the dog has wrestled your garlic to the ground . . . but I’m glad your tomatoes are standing tall!

  4. Those tomatoes are looking really good.

  5. rutheh says:

    Yes, your tomatoes are amazing. Your growing season so ahead.
    Maybe he wants garlic in his food.

  6. Carolyn Chan says:

    Sorry to hear about your garlic but the tomatoes look amazing !

  7. Tomatoes are looking good!

  8. I’ve had the tomato vine jungle experience. You’d certainly be wise to keep cutting them back. It looks like you’ll have some excellent tomatoes.

  9. Tandy says:

    I’m sure our dogs are on the same mission! Mine dug up my parsley πŸ™‚

  10. I wonder if your dog sees these “hurdles” as a just a new challenge to get through…
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

  11. Oh dear, we love our dogs but sometimes … just sometimes…they drive us demented! I agree with everyone though that your tomatoes look amazing!

  12. Sorry for the garlic! My parent’s have a cat who loves sleeping on the arugula and parsley!
    Thank you for the tip about the tomatoes, will have to pass it on to dad

  13. So the upside is you get to extend the vegetable garden

  14. Mad Dog says:

    Time to buy an electric fence πŸ˜‰

  15. oh cheeky thing… gardening dogs are unusual.
    I hope it bounces back.

  16. No wonder you guys were discussing putting a camera on him….I take back what I said about it being entertaining.
    The good news is that if the stalk isn’t completely broken, you still have a chance. Any that have snapped in half, pull now and enjoy a few green garlic recipes…
    Your tomatoes look amazing. Mine aren’t even in the ground yet!

  17. niasunset says:

    Oh no… I am so sad to hear this. But you dog is so clever πŸ™‚ I loved your tomatoes… they seem so nice. Thank you dear Rufus, have a nice new week, love, nia

  18. Lea Ann says:

    That little rascal! I wonder why he goes for the garlic? I’ll just be able to start planting tomatoes here this week. Our average freeze date is May 12. Seeing your beautiful plants makes me anxious to get started.

  19. The promise of tomatoes seems to be a good distraction. You do look on the bright side. So sorry about the garlic.

  20. Judy says:

    Just after our garden was sprouting deer came through, they didn’t eat anything, but trampled enough. Sorry to hear about your garlic (your pup must really like it), but your tomatoes look beautiful.

  21. zestybeandog says:

    How funny! Lovely tomatoes though! πŸ™‚ At least the dogs won’t eat those! πŸ˜‰

  22. Yuri says:

    Love the tomatoes!

  23. ChgoJohn says:

    Sorry to see the damage your Best Friend hath wrought. Yours likes garlic; mine likes tomatoes. It’s such a mixed bag with them.

  24. egg me on says:

    I think your dog clearly has a taste for garlic. Maybe he’s warding off vampires? Hmm. Sorry man. But the tomatoes are looking great.

  25. Eva Taylor says:

    What a shame about the garlic, Greg. Those tomatoes look great. My garlic and onions are doing well in the pots up on the roof of the garage. I’m getting excited about summer again!

  26. So sad but a little funny. Dogs are way smarter than we give them credit for. We had a Husky that I used to say was in a chess match with my husband. Every move he’d make to prevent her from escaping our yard she’d make her move and escape, just to land at the front door to show him up. At least it sounds like Rufus doesn’t like tomatoes. πŸ˜‰ Sadie does unfortunately.

  27. Courtney says:

    No fun about your garlic! We have to chase our dog out of the garden, too… I think he’s now afraid for his life (because the boys chase him down), so he leaves it alone. Just borrow two little boys, stand them as sentries and you should be set. πŸ™‚

  28. Oh no! We actually caught our new puppy INSIDE my raised planter digging up my rosemary bush that I successfully wintered over (which is a really big deal in Ohio). I feel your pain completely!!!

  29. What a little rascal.. good thing dogs are so cute or they’d be in big trouble.. all the time! Lol! Your tomatoes look heavenly, though!!

  30. Charles says:

    Oh noes… that sucks 😦 I’d be so sad! Still, those tomatoes are coming along great, so that’s something at least πŸ™‚

  31. SimpleP says:

    Sorry for your garlic, but being a dog person, I feel your pain and couldn’t help but chuckle πŸ™‚

  32. Boo! That’s no fun. I always enjoy your garden updates because it gives me something to look forward to. You’re a bit ahead of us here in cold(er) Ohio. I just planted my veggies last week, which is about as early as we can since they say it’s safe to do it after May 15th here.

    Hopefully you have great success with your garden this year!

  33. Karen says:

    I feel for you Greg, it is terrible when you have a problem caused by a loved pet. As everyone said…your tomatoes look great. Mine don’t go into the ground until the end of the month because of frost danger.

  34. As sad as it is to see your garlic bed all torn up, I am always fascinated by the sight of home gardens in different parts of the country. The tomato plants here are not even close to bearing fruit yet, but yours are positively humming along. How exciting!

  35. Hysterical! Do you know which dog, or perhaps both were involved?? Looks like they had fun; I bet they snickered at that attempt with the chairs to keep them out. πŸ™‚

  36. Lauren says:

    Beautiful tomatoes! Sorry about the garlic — ouch.

  37. I can’t believe your tomatoes are so far along…you’ll have some ripe beauties in no time at all! It’s a good thing we love our pets more than our gardens….right? right?

  38. nancyc says:

    That’s too bad about the garlic 😦 But I’m glad your tomatoes are doing so well!

  39. So sorry about the garlic! Your tomatoes, however, are fab! Mine are still little and pokey and in my window…not quite sure when to transplant to the great outdoors!

  40. Kristy says:

    At least the dog stays out of the hot peppers! My dog growing up got into those…oh we’re her eyes swollen. I can’t imagine what possessed her to eat them.

  41. Dogs like garlic? Who knew!

  42. PhobicFoodie says:

    Oh no! Looks like your dog is about as rotten as our cats… Regardless, I envy your garden…Someday I’ll have a yard and the garden is the first thing I want to work on! I’ll be coming to you for advice!

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