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Garden guru: Fogle has articles published in book by experts

Jean Fogle prunes flowers in the front yard of her Fort Valley home. Fogle recently had two articles published in a new book, “The Ultimate Gardener: The Best Experts’ Advice for Cultivating a Magnificent Garden with Photos and Stories,” by Charlie Nardozzi. Rich Cooley/Daily

A copy of the book is shown in Fogle’s garden. Rich Cooley/Daily

Jean Fogle. Rich Cooley/Daily

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By Alex Bridges - abridges@nvdaily.com

WOODSTOCK -- Jean Fogle likes her Jack Russell terrier and gardening.
Sometimes her two passions don't quite mix.

That relationship between a gardener and her dog formed the basis for one of two articles Fogle has published in "The Ultimate Gardener: The Best Experts' Advice for Cultivating a Magnificent Garden with Photos and Stories." The book, by Charlie Nardozzi, is one of the latest in the "Ultimate" series. The articles appear as "must know information."

Fogle recently spoke about her two passions: gardening and dogs.

As she explained, her Jack Russell terrier loves to dig in dirt. Adding the dog to the family meant Fogle had to look at how they gardened, she recalled.

"How to have a beautiful space and still have a dog," Fogle added.

The article advises gardeners on this topic.

"Never weed with your dog next to you because the minute you pull that weed up you release all the smells below the ground and, boy, they're gonna want to dig right there," Fogle said. "Just stuff people don't think about."

"Anytime you're breaking up the earth, your dog's gonna get real interested in what you're doing and, guess what, they're going to be digging in there," Fogle warned. "You turn your back and they're going to be back digging up your new plant to see what's in there."

Her article touches on options for fences and water gardens.

"We have a water garden and, one hot day, the kids were out playing Frisbee with Molly, and ... the next thing I know is I see Molly going the other way from the Frisbee and she's going to the water garden," Fogle recalled. "She takes this huge, flying leap to the water garden 'cause she was hot.

"It's a risk. Swimming pools and water gardens are both risks for dogs because they know how to swim but need to be able to find a way out in time," she said.

The gardener touches on plants that may pose a danger for dogs, either as poisonous or for having thorns or sharp points that could injure the animal. Fogle learned more about this after finding out she had barberries in her front yard.

She advised people to contact the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for information on plants poisonous to pets.

Fogle also has written articles and taken photos for dog magazines and belongs to associations for writers of garden and dog articles.

Her other article in the book looks at how to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to a home through gardening. A number of plants can draw both insects to a person's property, Fogle said.

"Butterflies, hummingbirds both, just add incredible, different feeling to the garden," she said. "To be able to look out and see something that beautiful that's enjoying your garden, you're helping to expand their habitats ... You're creating a place where they can be protected."

Having a butterfly bush by the house also can help teach children about science and insects. For instance, butterflies also can attract praying manti, she said.

The article advises a gardener who wants butterflies to come to their home to create wind protection for the insects, Fogle said. It also has to be a sunny location since butterflies are cold-blooded, she added.

Hummingbirds are attracted to red and go for long, tubular flowers, such as snapdragons, Fogle said.

"So all day long you get to see action in the garden," Fogle said.

Fogle calls gardening "soothing, relaxing."

"Especially in today's economy, it's nice to have a passion you can do at home," Fogle said. "Instead of going on expensive vacations you can create your own little piece of paradise at home -- not that it's not work.

"But the end result is what you're looking for and most gardeners are willing to put the work in to get to that end and there's never an end to gardening," Fogle said. "There's always the next project."

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