Gardening: What Vegetables Make Good Dog Food?

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Today’s A to Z Challenge post for the letter “G” Gis on Gardening.

Last month I posted some fun photos of Jack helping me ‘garden’ in our backyard. He wasn’t really gardening, he was digging for ground squirrels, but if I could harness that digging energy, I could have a garden dug in no time.
We are fortunate to live in Southern California and have wonderful weather and a 12 month growing season. We have many fruit trees on our property, including plums, apples, peach, grapefruit, fig and of course the avocados of which we’ve written about previously. We also have some wild cherry tomatoes that are just delicious.

We’ve also written about the farms in our neighborhood that grow celery, peppers and other crops – mostly strawberries, and leafy vegetables. But there are some other farms that grow flowers for sale at the Los Angeles Flower Markets – those fields are just beautiful.
This year, I’m seriously considering planting a small garden with some basic vegetables – vegetables for the dogs that is. We give Jack & Maggie carrots almost everyday, and I think carrots would be easy to grow. Steve is a big fan of broccoli and cauliflower, so I’d like to try those as well.

Vegetables that are Easy to Grow

I did a little research to see what vegetables would be the easiest to grow and here’s what I found:


Vegetables that are Good for Dogs

What about vegetables that are good for the dogs? I want to make sure that they are safe as a snack or to put in the dog’s food – not like the avocados that can be dangerous to dogs.

I was glad to see overlap on the two lists, so at least now I know which veggies will be good for the dogs that are easy to grow since I have a pretty brown thumb. Now I just have to get the motivation to dig the garden and plant it…oh Jack, want to do some digging?



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  1. We envy you living in Southern CA. With weather like that even I might be tempted to start a garden. I’m super excited about with the summer in front of us, that I will be able to experiment with fresh fruits and veggies for The Boys at the Farmers Market when they open. Get started with “Jack & Maggie’s Produce Corner” soon – I’m sure it will be fabulous!

  2. Funny business with these avocados. Because it seems that other than choking on the pit, there is not danger with the avocado fruit itself.
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    • I have to agree, since all of our dogs have eaten them and other then sally throwing up a pit every once in awhile never showed any signs of illness. Same with raisins…
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      • Well, I have to say that while there are enough veterinarians who say that avocado, other than the pits, is not a risk, ALL of them agree that grapes and raisins ARE, even though nobody yet figured out why. I would NOT risk it with grapes or raisins, raisins in particular, because a concentrated form. I would not play with grapes/raisins and test my luck.
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  3. We’re long time organic gardeners and have to keep the dogs out of the garden during growing season. They don’t tear things up… they think it is a buffet! All LOVE tomatoes. Strawberries were Tucker’s fave. Green beans another fave, plus baby broccoli and lots more!
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  4. Those are some great lists and a bunch of different stuff to choose from so people can’t say they don’t have healthier options. We recommend green beans all the time at the clinic to add to the diet for a filler for dieting dogs. My friend came over a couple summers ago and I had a cut up watermelon and I don’t usually eat it so told her she could have it all and she fed a ton to her 8 week old puppy I said she would be sorry and a hour later she was shooting red watermelon liquid out her butt. So need to give in moderation.
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  5. I have a small veggie garden, which I planted with close supervision by the Griffs, but I’ll use some of your info to include more doggie veggies.
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  6. hahaha! You and your bacon!!!
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  7. I would LOVE to have a garden, but I worry about slugs, rabbits and deer. So far, we’ve been taking advantage of the many farmer’s markets (actually, there are 2) in our city for fresh fruits and veggies. Wow! What a difference and the humans and dogs are big fans.

    Thanks for this post. I’m going to stop in this week to get some carrots. The puppies haven’t had them yet.
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    • We have great roadside markets just down the street…but then I have to get in the car. We are rabbit heaven already, so I don’t worry about more, I don’t think it’s possible.
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  8. I would skip the vegetables and to with growing fruit, but that is rough except for things like apples where we live. Mom loved the farmer’s markets in Germany, she doesn’t like the ones here, claims she is spoiled and these are just not good enough. Grocery store, here she comes!
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  9. Mom would love to have a garden, but dad said there was only enough room out in the yard for a garden or a dog – and I know how that turned out! We do have a little spice garden in the summer where mom grows strawberries and banana peppers – it’s just tall enough I can’t get to it. 🙁
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  10. Super Lucky to live in Southern Cali!

  11. A field of bacon would be amazing! But carrots are pretty good too
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  12. I add carrots pumpkins and squash on occasion. I also add some fruits like blueberries in hte summer. I dont do it daily but its niceon occassion. I think a field of bacon would be the pups choice

    retro rover
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  13. Boo and I are so envious! It’s been so cold in Wisconsin. We can’t wait to get into our garden
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  14. We don’t have enough room to grow our own garden right now, but I would love to in the future. Nothing is better the fresh fruit and veggies!
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  15. Good luck with the garden. I’m sure you’ll have “help” with the harvesting.

    Woofs (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats
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  16. We can’t wait for the weather to get warmer and we can’t start with our garden. Happy Tasty Tuesday. Golden Woofs
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  17. Ours dogs get veggies now and again, but none that we have grown. No time or space for gardening here…lol.
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