Dog Gone Gardening



  • relaxing
  • soothing for skin irritations
  • antibacterial astringent
  • anti itch
  • tick repellent

Lavender recipes:

Tick repellent-Mix olive oil, Saint John’s Wort infused oil  and lavender oil together and massage on affected areas to help ticks drop off.

Diffuse lavender essential oil to calm your anxious pet.

Homemade Calming Treats

My favorite dog shampoo: 1 cup Castile soap, 1 T Coconut oil,  1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar, 2-3 drops lavender essential oil

Mix a drop or two with fractionated coconut oil and rub on hot spots, insect bites or apply to pads of feet for calming effect.

Add a few drops to a water bottle and spray on bedding to help with kennel training and sleeping.



  • antiseptic
  • pain reliever
  • effective in treating cancer (!!!)
  • insect repellent
  • cleansing (Both internal and household)-it can actually suppress and kill bacteria in our bodies and in our home

Lemongrass recipes:

Kill your pet’s fleas and lice by spraying diluted lemongrass essential oil all over his coat. You can also soak his collar in it for a natural flea collar, add it to his final rinse after shampooing, or spray it on his bedding.

Tick repellent recipe-for the pups

Plant lemongrass in your garden to keep the bugs(fleas, ticks, spiders, bed bugs and more!) away and backyards smelling great! (non toxic)




Lemon Balm

  • neutralizes gas in the belly and intestines
  • calming
  • deodorizing
  • muscle relaxer
  • insect repelling
  • disinfecting
  • reduces depression and agitation(separation anxiety suffers pay attention to this one!)
  • helps senior dogs suffering from cognitive dysfunction (!!)
  • effectively treats ringworm
  • sleep issues

Lemon Balm Recipes

CLICK HERE for a long list of great tips on how to use this amazing plant!

Plant it in your garden but use caution as it can grow like a weed and take over your garden.

Diffuse the essential oil for calming and cleansing!





  • bug repellent
  • dog repellent…yup, that is what I said.  Plant this in your garden and dogs stay out of your garden bed….well they stay away from that area;)

So plant this around your campfire area to keep the bugs off you and your pet and plant in your garden where you would like to keep pets out of.  This is not meant for consumption as large doses can pose a problem.  Many folks use citronella in correction collars.  I do not condone these types of collars as the repeated use and continued exposure has shown some side effects.


Now that you know about some of the dog friendly plants that are safe for your garden, here is a list of some UNSAFE and TOXIC plants to keep out of your gardens.  Keep your pets safe and HAPPY GARDENING!

Poisonous plants - From amaryllis to yew, find out which common plants can hurt cats, dogs, rabbits, horses and even humans.:



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