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Steve the Gardening Vet

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Gardens for Dogs

Posted: Yesterday at 10:18

I have the need to interject here. There is a big difference between what I would call someone who cares for the pets they are creating and selling on (a good breeder) and someone who is merely interested in a quick buck.

Sadly more than half of the pups I see these days are sickly, undernourished scrappy little things which have come from people who either don't know how to care for a bitch and her litter or don't actually care about the pups at all except for the money that they will generate.

People MUST see a mother WITH her pups, not just a dog they are shown in the garden. Use common sense, try to see a litter more than once if you are keen to buy a puppy (even better, get a dog from rescue!) and if you lift a puppy, does it feel chunky and solid?

Talk to your vet before you get a dog. Question everything a puppy salesperson says to you. If the puppy has been vaccinated, check the card and the postcode of the vet who vaccinated it, you would be astonished how many puppies I see that are bought locally but were vaccinated in Wales.

I'm going to say this out loud, there are vets who vaccinate puppies for these people and seemingly don't care about the trade. I do care and urge people to have a look at this page for pupaid -

Sorry if I am ranting a little, this is something very close to my heart. Far too many dogs live in misery so that people can have a designer puppy that, a reasonable proportion of the time, they won't even bother to keep when it grows up.

*and breathe*

Dedicated to dogs

Posted: Yesterday at 09:33

 This dozing lump is Jelly, sometimes she even moves...

Serious reminder folks....

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 20:49

One hour less but enough gin and you won't notice...

Budding fruit trees

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 15:59


Budding fruit trees

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 20:14

Well, I'm going to nick a bit or two at the appropriate time!

Budding fruit trees

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 19:18

Having just purchased an apple tree for a friend as a wedding gift for Monday, it has just dawned on me that this gives me the opportunity to have a go at budding and add another variety of apple to the tree in the garden.

As this will be a new experiment for me, can anyone give me an idea when is best to have a go (as googling just says 'summer') and do I need to use proper graft tape?

Barrels as water butts?

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 14:06

I have seen several for sale commercially but I do think I might be best off with the one that matches the greenhouse as the price is on a par with the others

Lawned - is it a word

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 13:56

I'm not playing you at scrabble!

Barrels as water butts?

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 21:59

Their cedar one is lined, they make a barrel too which I think is resin...

Barrels as water butts?

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 21:50

I've never had one before, I remembered that the place that sold me the greenhouse also do a matching wooden one too!

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Budding fruit trees

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Barrels as water butts?

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On a cheery note!

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I indulged myself...

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Happy New Year Folks!

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Greenhouse disposal

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Shed tiles...

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A Fountain question!

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I'm digging a pond by hand...

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Bit Disappointed By Gardeners' World Live This Year

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