Yep, I'm taking advantage of the fact that we have cute babies right now to distract from the lack of serious content right now. I'll talk more about that below the cut.
1: By turning the soil now the cold should kill most of the seeds of weeds, and various things we don't want growing there which will make it easier to take care of.
2: It Will kill the grubs that are over wintering there. Given that the bed I dug is where the tomato plants were, I'm hoping it reduces the numbers of tomato horn worms for next year.
3: I had free time and you need to use that to prepare when ever possible. It will reduce my spring bed prep for the first planting.
The other big thing we did on Saturday was go to a local seed saving group event. The Hilltown Seed Saving Network is a new group to the area that is attempting to promote seed saving, and seed diversity rather than reliance on seed companies. There is a lot to say about seed saving as a whole and I should try to talk more about it on a political level, as well as a sustainability level. I should also try to prod the Lady of the House into writing about it on a scientific level.
|The Claw of DOOM comes for an innocent baby.|
|Well, maybe not claw of doom, maybe it's warm and gentle instead.|
Rattlesnake Pole Beans
There are many others I don't remember off the top of my head. Suffice to say that we have enough seeds to grow plenty next year if we put the work in. We certainly intend to put the work in, and we will be developing a garden plan, and schedule to try to keep ourselves to. We have both found that it is easier to get things done if you have a specific plan rather than when you're staring at a problem and deciding exactly how to handle it in the moment. We will be keeping you all updated on our plans and taking suggestions. Note, taking suggestions doesn't mean implementing them necessarily.
And as for bunnies, Twilight has never eaten in her life, as she tells us every day. Right you can see her eating with all of the gusto of . . . well, use your imagination. She is however healthy and happy. Once we butcher the remaining three baby rabbits for Thanksgiving we are going to try to put her and Umbra in the big hutch together for a while and see if we can get babies when he has time to romance her. We certainly hope so, though it seems Michelle Chandler is also having problems with her does clamping down at the moment. It's almost like they know something we don't know. Maybe something about the fact that it is very cold at the moment, and might be a hell of a nasty winter.
As for the babies they are doing well. They are incredibly fluffy, and very soft to hold. They have been throwing off the hay and down nest covering that they'd been living in every time we come to check on them, so I guess by now they can take care of their own warmth. Soon they will be out and about harassing their mom. We had a brief case of nest box eye in one of them, but a quick swipe with a damp paper towel took care of that this morning. For all I know it could have been that he was sleepy, but let's not take chances.
For those who are interested, weight charts are here.
Dawn Litter 3 Weight Chart
Dawn Litter 2 Weight Chart
Dawn Litter 1 Weight Chart