Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Let them eat weeds . . .
I'll let you in on a secret. I love rabbits. Most gardeners I know have trouble with rabbits disrupting their gardens but I get the biggest kick out of the rabbits that hang out at my place. They almost never wreck havoc or even eat food that I want to eat. I've discovered that rabbits like weeds so they are a messy gardeners best friend. I kid you not, the rabbits in my garden never get to the plants I want to preserve because they have this whole feast of weeds to pig out on and they love it. It's a win win situation. I get to say, see that scraggly looking plant, that's rabbit food. I just thought of that this minute but from now on instead of saying, I really need to do some weeding, I'll say ah nice to see I have a good crop of rabbit food. I think this little rabbit must be young because it's about half the size of some of the big ones I've spotted in my garden. Also, this one posed for the camera and had zero fear of me unlike the large ones that hop off when I get nearby. It always makes me nervous when animals in the wild are too comfortable being photographed. I fear they will be open season for predators. It's not that unusual to see hawks circle overhead in my garden although I never have a camera at the ready for that shot. At one point there was an owl nesting somewhere in the vicinity because I heard it occasionally. I'm pretty sure that owls and hawks could make a meal of this little rabbit. In the meantime though it has lots of weeds to fill it's belly and so far it's short life appears to be okay. May has arrived with a blast of heat but a cold front is moving through tonight and we'll have a few days of spring again. We may also get some rain which is much needed. So far we've been getting the bare minimum of rain. It's been enough to keep most of the plants alive but we keep getting warnings that our area is at high risk for fire. The only big fire so far that I've heard about was at a scrap metal plant. Not sure what was behind that. Oh well, hopefully the rains will come and soak deeply into the soil.