Natural Pet Remedies in Your Garden: How to Grow Them [17+ Calming Plants for Dogs to Eat!]

Do you have an interest in expanding your knowledge on the cultivation of natural treatments for dogs and other pets in your garden?

The following 17 plants both you and your dog can benefit from due to their high nutritional or medicinal worth. They will also make your backyard more colorful and attractive, in addition to being pretty.

Make sure to also check out dog-safe plants for gardens with dogs, along with a list of poisonous plants to avoid.

Acorn Squash  

  • Cucurbita pepo
  • Acorn Squash produces edible squash with sweet, yellow-orange flesh.
  • It is a winter squash that is easy to grow from seed.
  • Can be included in the diets of both dogs and owners – delicious baked or roasted.
  • The seeds can also be eaten – they are best toasted.
  • Squash are vine plants that grow best on ‘hills’ or mounds of soil. These should be spaced roughly six feet apart.
  • Plant 5-6 seeds on each hill, one inch deep in the soil. Sow seeds directly into the soil 3-4 weeks after the last frost.
  • The squash will be ready to harvest after 80-90 days and should be ‘cured’ in a warm dry place such as a garage for a week or so before eating.

Banana Squash 

  • Cucurbita maxima var. banana
  • Elongated squash with sweet, edible golden flesh. Easy to grow from seed.


  • Beta vulgaris
  • Also known as Beets, Red Beet, Swiss Chard, Roman Kale or Sugar Beet.
    Easily grown root vegetable.


  • Provide an excellent food for people and can be used to supplement a dog’s diet.

Buttercup Squash  

  • Cucurbita maxima cv buttercup
  • A winter squash, easy to grow and producing particularly delicious fruit.
  • Seeds can be sown directly into the ground 3-4 weeks after the last frost. Best grown on ‘hills’ or mounds of earth.
  • Ready to harvest approximately 100 days after planting.

Butternut Squash

  • Easy to grow from seed.
  • Fruit stores well and can be used to feed dogs as well as people.


  • Easy to grow from seed and a great healthy snack for you and your dog.
  • For carrots in a range of colors including purple, yellow, red, and white, try growing the Organic Carrot Seeds Carnival Blend. 


  • Cucumis sativa
  • Another easily grown healthy food for you and your dog to enjoy.

Malabar Gourd 

  • Cucurbita ficifolia
  • Also known as the Fig-leaf gourd


  • Calendula officinalis
  • Also known as the Marigold, Mary Bud, Gold bloom, or Pot marigold.
  • Extremely useful companion plant. Grow alongside tomatoes, cucumbers and other plants to promote vigour. Also acts as a ‘honeypot’ to contain pests. The petals are considered edible for humans, and can be used to add colour to summer salads and other dishes.


  • Cucumis melo


  • Tropaeolum majus
  • Very easy to grow. Colourful, versatile plants, flowering freely throughout the summer. All parts of the plant are edible for humans, and can be used to add colour to summer salads and other food dishes.


  • Fragaria
  • Can be grown off the ground using a hanging basket or wall-mounted growing container, especially useful if your dog is inclined to forage for food in the garden!


  • Helianthus angustifolius
  • Attractive and fast growing, the seeds can be harvested and provide a useful supplement to human and dog diets.
  • Sunflower seeds contain the essential fatty acids. They are also an excellent source of dietary fiber, protein, Vitamin E, B Vitamins, and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, selenium, calcium and zinc.

True Cantaloupe 

  • Cucumis melo

Turban Squash 

  • Cucurbita maxima cv turbaniformis

Zucchini Squash 

  • Cucurbia pepo cv zucchini

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