Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Bunnies and bounty...

So, clippers, multi-colored bread twist-ties,hammer and nails in hand, I ventured out into the sweltering, humid 86 degree afternoon yesterday and tackled the chicken wire.

You know, it's not hard. And I'm glad to have it as a resource that I can handle. It's just a pain. But, I now have an extra layer of protection for my garden fence and I hope the baby bunnies will soon be weaned and ready to move OUT of our yard in search of food. I am just crossing my fingers that they don't snack their way all the way down the rock garden path, enjoying the sweet delectable blooms of the purslane, wine cup, allysum, sedum and other snacks!

There is no way to protect the path (at least no way that I can think of other than netting). And, just to warn you, I will cry shamelessly if they attack it, as it's taken me a long time to nurture it along to mostly full coverage of plants between the rocks and path.

So, I'm just not gonna think about it. There - that works for me!

*** I'm sad to add to my report that Tanner brought me one of the baby bunnies today -- into the house, alive but hurt from being grabbed by a dog with big jaws. I put him back into the nest, but checked on him after lunch and he'd gone to bunny heaven. So, I removed him and tucked the other little fuzzies back into their nest and I guess I will go out with Tanner EVERYTIME for about the next 2 weeks> (Based on the development of the baby bunny, that's how long I think it will be before they leave the nest.) So, not only are they liable to eat me out of house and home and garden, but now I can't leave the dog outside alone for 2 weeks. Sheesh! ***

On a much happier note, I had some more radishes from the garden in my salad last night - French Breakfast Radishes. They were delicate and crispy and yummy. (Though my 5-year old, enticed to take a trial bite with the bribe of a roll, pronounced them, "DEE-sgusting!" But she tried one, and that's a good thing.



Here we have the first little paper "lanterns" of the Tomatillo plant. For those of you not from Texas or the Southwest, the Tomatillo (Physalis philadelphica) is from the Slanaceae or nightshade family. It has small, round, green fruit and it is surrounded by a paper-like husk that splits when the fruit matures for harvest. Tomatillos are the source of Salsa verde, or green sauces and salsas used in Mexican food. My DH make delicious fresh salsa with them, with roasted garlic and peppers and onion and cilantro. Ummmmm ... makes me hungry just thinking about it.

But we'll have a while to wait for a full harvest with enough to make a snack. They love the hot sun.

They are often thought of as being a tomato sibling, and are mistakenly called "green" tomatoes, and while they are in the same family, they are a different genus.

And, here's a shot of my bush beans - just because they are so pretty and I love that Tee-Pee (purchased at the Natural Gardener).

12 comments:

Pam/Digging said...

You have so much going on---and not just bad bunny stuff either. The tomatillos looks great, as do the bush beans and tepee. You and Carol make me want to grow a vegetable garden. Maybe when the trampoline goes to toy heaven I'll have room...

Barbee' said...

What a busy, busy girl you are! Enjoyed looking over your blog and reading a while.

Diana said...

Pam - yes, there is a lot going on. Go back and check my latest addition to today's post. Sigh. It's always something! You could mix some veggies in with your front garden plants.

Barbee -- Thanks for visiting. Never a dull moment here! Just posted another bunny update to today's post already as we lost a bunny.

Barbee' said...

I came back to look. Yes, you are right - it is always something.

Springtime brings real workouts for us all. Sorry about the little bunny.

vertie said...

So sad about the bunny. I think there's something about best intentions. I went out this morning to empty out my soap-filled bucket that I was using to, um, dispose of some stink bugs--I couldn't handle squishing them--and found a dead bird in the bucket. Maybe the soap did him in?

I can't wait to see how your tomatillos turn out. I haven't grown them yet.

Diana said...

Vertie - so sorry about your bird. I'm sure you were crushed. I have had my fill of dying animals this month, that's for sure. So sad. The tomatillos are really easy to grow -- you should try one or two. I usually get them at the Natural Gardener.

herself said...

Sorry about the bunny, I hate when the pets do that.

The chicken wire is a nightmare to work with, I try to avoid it. I've never found the right way to mess with it to make it easy.

Diana said...
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Diana said...

Hey Herself -- thanks. Can't really fault him, and I don't think he even meant to hurt it - he brought it in and deposited it on the rug by the door and walked away. Not sure HE knew what to do with it once he got it. I wish they sold some chicken wire-like product in little sheets. Nice and neat with framed edges and no little pieces of metal sticking out waiting for just the right moment to JAB you somewhere!

Bonnie said...

Poor bunny. But you are such a saint letting them grow up and protecting them from the dog.

I can't believe you already have a tomatilla. Last year it took forever to get my first one, although I had plenty of blooms.

Diana said...

Yes, but the problem with growing so few, is that you have so few! When I only get to pick a handful at a time, you can only make 1 tiny cup of salsa!

Kiwi said...

Hi Diana
Just catching up on your world. Drama in the vegetable patch! the photos look delish, even the radishes! : )
Libby