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  • June plant swap is Saturday
    “June Plant Swap” is 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Reservations are required by Thursday; 427-6000 or go to www.
  • Workshops focus on preserving produce
    FORT WAYNE – The Purdue Extension Service in Allen County is offering Preserving Nature’s Bounty workshops on safe home food preservation procedures and to answer frequently asked questions on canning, freezing
  • Master Gardener helpline available
    A free Master Gardener Volunteers Helpline is available through The Ohio State University Extension Office in Paulding, Ohio.

Dogs and plants: a dangerous combination

My lettuce and Swiss chard did not survive the weekend. First they got pounded by hail on Friday. Then when they were brought into the house for some tender loving care, the hyper Beagle-mix finished them off. Had I known, I would have left them outside and taken my chance with the frost and low 30s temperature.

I am taking care of my 97-year-old friend’s dog, Pip, while my friend heals from a broken hip. Between Pip and my exuberant Australian cattle dog, Bosco, my plants are in grave danger.

Bosco has managed to destroy three tomato plants so far. Fortunately I had grown extra plants to give away as spring gifts. Now I am not so sure I will have that many gifts to give out.

My mother wanted to wait for the tomato and herb plants I grew for her, but I insisted that the chance of survival was better at her home. Besides it is Mother’s Day. I gave her Juliet Grape, Yellow Pear, Brandywine, and Early Girl tomato plants and parsley, fennel, dill, basil, and sage herb plants.

I am reseeding my pots. Maybe by July there will be lettuce.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)