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Animal tales from the garden

Animal tales from the garden

Like me, you have a garden and animals and love both very much? Then you should read on. Today, I would like to take a closer look at this subject and report on a few of my many experiences with animals in our garden. These were often extremely amusing, but occasionally annoying and sometimes situations arose where my animals removed something from nature, about which I was not at all sorry.

My horses were responsible for that, for example. Cutting off withered flowers and rose hips from hundreds of rose bushes? That can be a strenuous and extremely protracted task. The horses manage it faster and with greater ease. Especially the rose hips with their large amounts of vitamin C are not only loved by birds, but also by the horses. Horses can spend hours carefully plucking and eating individual rose hips without pricking themselves on the thorns. Incidentally, a 300-gram portion costs five euros or more in the shop …

While we are on the subject of animals in the garden, we must also, regrettably, talk about slugs. Of course, there are also an awful lot of slugs in my garden. And they are definitely no friends of the gardener and have only harvesting in mind. However, if you are also suffering from a "plague of slugs", I have a tip for you here: plant golden groundsel. The slugs love this plant and would much rather eat it than other herbs or greens. In my herb garden in Dennenlohe, this insider tip works extremely well. Golden groundsel grows to a height of about 90 to 150 cm and flowers from August to September with yellow spadixes. The plant prefers damp soil and a shady location. The herb's serrated leaves have a magical attraction for slugs. The winter-hardy shrub has such a strong effect on slugs, that it is even possible to gather them up from the plants and remove them from the garden.

My garden is also a home to geese. These are extremely interesting creatures. Geese in the garden are practical self-suppliers and can even provide competition for lawn mowers because, in the spring, they only eat the grass and leave the spring onions alone, so that they are able to dry out. And our gander, Fritz, who has now enjoyed a healthy life for over 10 years, sometimes also acts as a watchdog in the garden. Furthermore, our geese, and especially the runner ducks, are occasionally keen on slugs …

VIKING garden expert
Baron Robert von Süsskind