Free seeds? Yes! So first of all I have some heirloom varieties I saved from my previous year's garden. And then in February I went to the Kaw Valley Seed Fair where I exchanged some seeds for almost all the rest of what was on my "shopping" list for this year's garden. Lastly, the public library had a seed library of donated seeds where I picked up the last envelope of what I still lacked. I'm growing everything I wanted for $2.53, and that will include my fall/winter garden as well.
So one of the two raised beds that hasn't been planted yet got a visitor. Somehow a determined momma rabbit got up into the tall bed and had her three babies there. There was a perfect rabbit nest barely visible except for the hole opening. My mind went on a little journey that went something like this...'Oh crap, I'm going to need tomatoes there!' 'Oh well, I'll wait another week before planting and see how this goes.' 'What if our barred owls swoop down and get these?' 'Is it still considered hunting if it's already in my yard?' 'What is the name of that rabbit dish...fricassee?'
The second to last thought ended up being out loud and was answered with, "MOM, NO!"
So here's the good news. Tonight the babies, as cute as they were, are gone. I'm going to turn that bed this weekend and get the tomatoes started there, and I might surround it with chickenwire for a while just in case. Otherwise, I'll be coming up with a recipe for a nice, thick, white sauce.
Image credit: Cale Ruiz