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Kitchen Garden Blog : Dreams of a Kitchen Garden

Vegetable Gardening.
Dreaming of a neatly organised fruit and vegetable plot...and a kitchen garden blog.

Doggy playing in the kitchen garden.
'There were the muddy troughs
where Doggy grooved ditches with his muddy paws'

The lovely kitchen garden from just a few years ago had become a battle-zone between pets and wildlife!

Dreams of a perfect kitchen garden do not sit well alongside busy garden wildlife and pets - another year passed without a clear plan of action.

And so the vicious cycle began; the longer no-one ventured into the garden, the less inclined they were to do so...

There were the muddy troughs where Doggy grooved ditches with his muddy paws as he chased after the fox who lived at the end of the garden with his vixen and their cubs. This particular family went as Foxy, Vixen and Cubs in the early days. 

There was most likely a badger about too, as every single fence panel had been battered. At least, at this stage, there was no proof of a badger but the idea of there being one was most eagerly believed.

Added to this, were mounds of organic waste from Bunny.

But no vegetables - and even the fruit trees served treats only for the birds and squirrels.

That was it - no-one's land for a couple more years...

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