So much for the garden helper.
Friday, 04 May 12 Cloudy 23°C / 73°F
Last year I read somewhere that rabbit manure is the best fertilizer under the sun for a veggie garden. And because virtually everyone in the family was out of work for an extended period of time, I had to at least try to raise as much of my own veg as possible with as little money as possible. And so, I came up with a brilliant idea for free fertilizer. I would adopt a rabbit!
In my mind’s eye it all made sense, and was very simple. I would clean out the old (free) rabbit hutch, and convert it (for free) into a movable “rabbit tractor” that could be pulled to a new location in the garden each day. I would adopt one of the zillions of (free) rabbits from Craigslist. I would feed it (free) garden scraps. And in return for the no-money investment, I would get piles of (free) rabbit manure. Perfect.
Little did I know.
I really should have suspected that things would not work out quite as planned as soon as I had to pay $20 to adopt a “free” bunny. I shrugged it off, however, as just a small investment. Ha!
Things went downhill from there. It turned out that the hutch needed to be re-roofed and repainted (ka-ching!). Then it seemed rather small, so I decided to add a run, for which I needed materials (ka-ching!).
Then I made a mistake of reading a bunch of books on rabbit care, and was shocked to find out that apparently I was an obvious rabbit-hater, because I was planning to keep her (GASP!) outside!
Don’t get me wrong. I laughed it off. At first. However, as soon as, I attempted to leave her outside in her palatial rabbit estate, I’d spend the entire day and night glued to the window, checking up on her. Feeling guilty. Then, whenever it started to rain (which it did nearly every day, last year), I’d run outside to get her indoors, lest she get wet (it’s very bad for rabbits).
Within a month I was a basket case. Finally, one night Binky was visited by deer. Yes, I know they were just deer, but next time they could be bears or coyotes (they do live in this area, you know). What if a lion escaped from a visiting circus?! It has been known to happen. Plus, she looked scared. Needless to say, I caved in. The next day, I bought a two story, indoor cage and a run (ka-ka-ching!) and I moved Binky into my bedroom.
Things didn’t end there. I next found out that rabbits need very specialized diets in order to make sure they live a happy, long life. In fact, young rabbits and some adults can have low tolerance to garden scraps, and can get GI issues. Not to mention that some plants are just not good for them. So, I went out and bought some special rabbit pellets (ka-ching!) and several types of hay to ensure diversity in her diet (ka-ching!).
I then needed a bale of hay for her litter (ka-ching!), because other litters can be unhealthy, and wire floor is very hard on rabbit feet. Then, my husband accidentally left the hay bale out in the rain, so I had to get a second one (ka-ching!). Then, I decided that the new bale looked suspicious (maybe I saw some mold spores), so I decided to get a third one just to be on the safe side (ka-ching!).
Then I found out that rabbits really ought to be fixed, because this prevents certain cancers, lets them live longer, healthier and happier lives. Well of course, I HAD to get her fixed (major ka-ching!). What did you expect? That I was some sort of rabbit-beater, and would just let her be unfixed?
After that, I sort of gave up. I started regularly going to PetSmart, where I spend a large portion of my paycheck on rabbit toys, rabbit food, and rabbit treats of all sorts. To be fair, I spend just as much on cat, dog, and fish food, toys and treats. I don’t think it’s a problem. I simply cut my grocery budget by 3/4. So more than ever, I must rely on my veggie garden. I am SO lucky I have all that FREE manure!
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