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Friday, April 16, 2010

fridays with asa: the vegetable garden

hello there, furry friends!
as you know, i thoroughly enjoy spending time on my deck in the backyard, but i have another important backyard duty.  my dad has constructed a raised gardening bed in my backyard, and every spring, he dutifully plants a vegetable garden.  i, asa, am tasked with the responsibility of monitoring the vegetable garden at all times to protect it from invaders such as birds, rabbits, or insects who seek to thwart my dad's hard work.  secondarily, i ensure that the vegetable garden has no weeds and adequate moisture.  i am truly honored that my dad would entrust me with such a substantial job.
in the picture below, you will observe me at my post in front of the vegetable garden.  my dad has planted cucumbers, pole beans, green peppers, bush beans, and tomatoes this year. 

here i am beginning my rounds on the vegetable garden.  first, i am inspecting the cucumber plants, and i believe i see a tiny weed attempting to sprout up.  i shall alert my dad!

next, i am checking the pole beans to make sure they are adequately watered.  they appear to be in prime condition!

now i am checking the bush beans (on the left) and the green peppers (on the right).  my dad is explaining to me how bush beans grow differently from pole beans.

finally, my dad is giving me special instructions with regard to the tomato plants.  he is alerting me to be on my guard for an insect known as the aphid, which particularly enjoys tomatoes. 

goodness, let's be honest.  monitoring my dad's vegetable garden is an intensive job, and i'm feeling a mite fatigued.  i had better take a quick break to regain my energy.  one never knows when the garden invaders might arrive!

good day!


koko said...

That's a whole vege farm daddy have going at the backyard, booker man... and you sure do have green paws for the job.

Licks, hero

BRUTUS said...

So what's the payment for your expert services, Asa? Do you get to eat some of the veg you work so hard to protect??

Brutus the Frenchie

3 doxies said...

Hey Asa...I was justs wondering...does you ever pee in that there garden? Or how bouts doing a little snackin? I bet not. It would be a nice place to do those things in tho....hehe! But, you are a nicely trained doggie. I'll use da puppy excuse AGAIN...I'm just a puppy!
Tell Bookerman I'll see him at Date Nite!

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! Your dad did a wonderful job. Makes sure you keep an eye on those bunny n small creatures that might the vegetables. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Mack and Mia said...

Wow Asa, You dad sure does have a green thumb! Do you have a green Belly? I hope so!

Wags and Woofs,
Mack and Mia

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Wow Asa, my veggie garden is JUST LIKE YOURS, only different. I have to do all that hard work too, PLUS... I have to help dad dig all the holes... Or, maybe you did that part already and just didn't have pics of it. You are doing a grrrrand job there my furend. I will be planting my stuffs in about 87 days or else a couple of weeks, whichever comes furst.
I am going to show YOUR grrrreat garden to my dad!! He will be very much all green with jellyness. hehehe

Dog Foster Mom said...

That's a very nice garden, and you are doing a fabulous job guarding it! I would like to hire you to guard my husband's tomato plants. Not from birds or critters, but from the other dogs. They are a bit...shall we say...destructive.

Princess said...

Wow what a fun job! Looks like your fantastic at it! I think they need to give you a raise which includes an extra biscuit a day!

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

That garden will have no problems with critters with you on the job, Asa. Look forward to an update when everything grows!

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Smushie Ranch said...

Asa, you are an exceptional garden guard dog. We hopes you are paid appropriately!

Remington said...

Great garden! Good luck on your job!

houndstooth said...

Wow! Your garden looks great! Ours just got tilled, so there are no plants in it yet!


Two Pitties in the City said...

It's great that you're there to monitor the garden. I can't wait to see what you grow!

Diana Chiew said...

Asa, you do have an important duty there! You're such a great help to your daddy. We just can't wait to see those plants grow.

1000 Goldens said...

You are such a good girl Asa! Every Spring my Mom says she'd going to finally do a vegetable garden. I'll believe it when I see it!

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

Keep up the pawesome paw placement and I know evfurrything will grow well!


JD and Max said...

Hi Asa - hey, that's a very responsible job, we're mightily impressed at you! We're rather partial to a bit of cucumber ourselves - mmm, refreshing! - and think it must be wonderful to have a dad who grows them from scratch! Wonderful photos - we can see how seriously you take this job. And let's face it - your little brother Booker wouldn't really be ready for such a responsibility would he?!!

Please say thanks to your mama for her comments on FH's last post. The pitbulls owners are very responsible but were obviously horrified at what had happened and FH thinks she was probably picking up on the panic of the other dog's owners rather than from the actual dog! Having the two of us she's used to us having the odd 'friendly scrap' and also as we know a LOT of other dogs she now knows canine body language quite well - for example, JD's been told off by a Mastiff before which might have worried some people, but FH and the Mastiff's owners knew that JD was pushing his luck (he was a puppy at the time!) and that the Mastiff was basically telling him not to be so rude! It was loud but over in about 3 seconds and JD came away a much better mannered pup!

Hey, we'll see your brother at Miss Twix's date night tonight. We'll keep an eye on him and make sure he behaves himself, he he he!!

Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

Ina in Alaska said...

Oh Asa, we enjoy your Fridays so much! The Booker Man is such an entertainer but you are the deep thinker and philosopher. It is good to be a deep thinker and a teacher, as you are. We need you to come to Alaska and teach these impertinent poodles to STAY OUT of my raised garden bed! They feel it is their duty to keep the soil plowed and watered in their own special way! They also like to "plant" their doggie treats for later enjoyment....We look forward to your garden progress. Have a wonderful weekend, Asa. xoxo

the teacher's pets said...

Hello Asa,
I can't believe I've never noticed your blog before because this is a good one and I love looking at you and Booker...such cutie pies!
I found you through a mutual friend, Frankie Furter, and he has the most amazing, funny friends, doesn't he?
Anyway, did you know that Frankie won a prize from my PERSONALIZED PET PORTRAIT GIVEAWAY on Thursday nite? It was a big coonhound, Daisy, and my tabby cat, Henry, helped me choose the winner. It was very exciting to say the least.
Anyway, you are a good helper out there in the garden! I'm surprised you haven't been tempted to dig holes or pee in there. How do you manage to leave those plants alone? Well, I guess your dad would tell you to stop but you could sneak out to the garden when your dad's not looking....hmmmm