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  • Six non-toxic plants that are safe around children and pets

    Non-toxic plants that are safe around pets and children in the home and garden

    Let's start with the poisonous ones.

    Choosing non-toxic plants is important for households in which pets and small children might sample the greenery! It is quite rare for people or pets to choose to eat toxic plants. But indeed, it does happen. Some poisonous plants don’t even need to be eaten in order to prove fatal. Indeed, gardeners are believed to have been killed by wolfsbane, or Aconitum, which is also known as monkshood. This attractive plant has large leaves and purple, hooded flowers which look rather like cowled monks’ hoods.

    poison, poisonous, plants, aconitum, aconite, wolfsbane, monkshood, garden, flower, monks, cowl, purple, blue Aconitum is also known as Wolfsbane and the name will be familiar to Harry Potter fans!

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  • Why do cats and dogs eat grass?


    Pets eating plants. Why do cats and dogs eat grass?

    Cat, eating grass, herbs, health, digestion, pet, garden, cat grass Does your cat eat grass? Do you know why?

    Cats and dogs. When it’s not raining them down from the cloudy sky, they share our homes and our lives. They like gardens too. What's more, they love certain plants. But do they know what they can and can’t eat? Nature is a very clever thing, but if animals are deprived of what they need the most, they tend to find the next best thing.
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  • Danger in the garden. Is yours safe for pets ... or is your dog at risk from poisoning?

    Pets and plants. Do they make perfect partners?

    The garden is a great place for children and pets, right? Correct. But it’s sensible to be aware of the potential dangers out there too. Of course there are plenty of practical hazards to be negotiated in both homes and gardens. Particularly the transition between the two. Both pets and children can fall out of windows. One would hope that parents and carers pay great attention to the supervision of children. But perhaps not so with pets.

    Window, accident, fall, garden, emergency, safety, prevention, hurt, hospital It's tempting to have the windows open. But are your pets (or children) safe?

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  • Do You Have Five Gardening Friends?

    Do you have five 'Gardening Friends'?  Tell us who they are...

    Everybody needs friends and most gardeners feel they have many. There's all those lovely plants of course; the creatures in the pond; the birds that visit the table and of course the people that gardeners meet during any sort of garden-related activity. It's no surprise that gardeners generally accumulate a network of like-minded pals. There's the local horticultural club or garden society; the allotmenteers; the neighbours who share plants and information; the garden centre buddies; the elderly residents who are grateful to have a bit of help. When you garden, a budding social world presents itself.
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