The first plants I tried growing when I returned from my travels were lavender. I would need scads of it I had decided. I had never sown seeds before, well not since that runner bean. I had constructed a propagator complete with warming wires and cover. Sure of success I sowed the first packet - all of it. And waited. With my kind of luck this would fail.
It appeared I could grow things.
Maybe all the seeds came up; I know I had to prick out, pot on and plant over 3 dozen of them. A long and healthy lavender hedge.
For a while anyway. I wasn’t the only one who liked the smell of lavender. The dog did also and slowly steadily he killed 90 % of it. This was the best loo he could find in a large garden surrounded by open fields. I tell you, forget green fly, most garden pests come from the home.
This same dog would follow behind at potato planting time digging up the potatoes and nibbling each one.
Another dog we had was fascinated by the water hyacinth we had in a small water feature. He would reach out precariously, pull it near enough then carefully remove from water and leave on pathway or lawn. No more interest. We lost many from drying out before we decided not to grow them any more!
Eating leeks when they were small, like pieces of grass, was the trick of another, she liked potatoes as well. A guide dog of my sister's had a taste for tomatoes, green or red she didn’t care and in the pulling off would dislodge those too young to ripen. If the tomatoes were fenced off the efforts she put into getting to her treat was akin to vandals uprooting a cemented-in park bench.
She also turned her attention to grapes, preferably just a little un-ripe, before we could tolerate them, I had to prune high to stop her reaching them on her hind legs.
This present dog likes nothing more than jumping up onto the raised flower beds and mooching around, trampling the new growth down. She knows its wrong, keeps an uneasy eye rolled towards the windows. She likes jumping it seems and the grass is always greener. . .
I very rarely kill the garden pests, relying on natural predators to do the job for me. I have no problem with them. Some people complain of cats digging up their gardens, my cats are very discreet, again no problem.
But I do have problems with pests. Pests with no natural predators in the garden! It’s dogs who are the bane of my gardening life:)