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Can I teach Pupster to eat weeds?

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Old May 22nd 04, 03:08 AM
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Default Can I teach Pupster to eat weeds?

OK, so this is more of a gardening question than it is a dog one--I'm not
really serious about trying to teach Macula to eat my weeds (unless you
think it would work?!?), but since at least one other recent thread has gone
*wildly* off topic into the garden zone, I figured I'd ask anyway.

I've always been leary of pesticides, when Macula started using the backyard
I became warier (sp?) still. Now that the rugrats are going to be crawling
(and *walking*!!!!!! what's happening to my babies?!?!?!?!?!?!) around on
the grass, I'm not sure there are any chemicals that are safe. Besides,
Toronto has passed a by-law banning pesticide use for "cosmetic" reasons,
which means within two years the nasty poisons won't even be an option.

That said, I still have a problem with weeds: dandelions and thistles in
particular. I mean, I have dandelions reaching two feet tall, and thistles
that hide in the grass just *waiting* to attack the unsuspecting barefoot
(or other bare piece of anatomy in the case of kidlets). This isn't good.
Neither (I think) is the fact that I've caught the boys chewing dandelion
stems (and fluff and flowers and roots--yet they show no interest in the
greens which, I understand, are the edible part of the plant).

I've tried digging them out by hand: when I did manage to get the entire
root (rarely) I discovered I had merely traded a bad weed for a *really* big
hole (on average, about ten inches deep and about six inches in diameter).
I figure that this is simply creating a lawn which will allow all critters,
two and four legged, to twist/sprain/break limbs.

So, any ideas? I can't use chemicals, I don't want craters, and lack of
time is a constant in my life. And so far Macula, my ever-lovin' garbage
gut, shows no appetite for plant life. Any one have a goat I can borrow?
(Oh wait, I'm a citydweller: goats aren't allowed, they are "domestic
animals." Phooey.)




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