Oh, Spring. It's the best of times. It's the worst of times. On one hand: all of the wonderful, exciting things are starting! On the other hand: all of the wonderful, exciting things are starting AT THE SAME TIME. I don't mean to complain. I am thrilled we have many new projects this year:
1. We are growing garlic for the first time. They look freakishly amazing already.
2. The heirloom tomato seeds I saved last year (Cherokee Purple and Green Stripe) have sprouted into good looking seedlings. In fact, it's overwhelmed our small little seed starting mat and light setup.
3. I am going to try a different approach to my potato towers to see if I can get more yield.
4. Matt has offered up a spot for an herb garden.
5. WE GOT A RABBIT!!!!! Our first working guest.
6. Actually, make that guests, because we also got 1,000 worms.
We are leveling up and it's awesome. But it's not without pressure, which builds around all of these deadlines and there is worry that creeps in about temperamental seedlings that need potted up, and whether the hutch is going to keep the rabbit dry when it rains, and if I've chit the potatoes in time to plant them this weekend. Crap, haven't gotten the straw for the potato towers. You see what I'm sayin'...
It's the lack of space that puts this pressure on every project. For example, I only have room to start 1 or 2 extra tomato seedlings, so if they don't make it, I'm a bit screwed. But on the other hand, these are valuable lessons I will take with me to any size property. And that's why I'm sitting here right now remind myself how much I want this. And how much more I want like this...it makes all the worry float away. It helps that I'm sitting near the living room window and it's one of those perfect midwest spring nights with the window open and light rain coming down.
Anyway, let's go back to the bunny? Without further ado:
Ahh, isn't he pretty! He is a Champagne D'Argent named Donnie. And I promise that isn't his home. Just where he had to chill for a night while we finished his hutch. Because I'm awesome at timing and doing things the easy way....
No one can tell me now that I can't have livestock on a teeny, tiny, backyard plot in the city, cause I just got done feedin' it's cute little face and throwin' worms on it's poo. (Poo being the 'commodity' this particular livestock has been acquired for.)
Perhaps at this moment you think calling a backyard rabbit 'livestock' seems like a stretch? Well, I would have thought so, too, until my Farm n Fleet lady informed me I was looking in the wrong place for rabbit food. I was apparently wandering around in the 'pet rabbit' section and she directed me over to the 'livestock' section where I would find the pellet brand I was looking for...in a 40 lb bag.
So, between the feed bag, the hay, the morning chores, and all that poo, yeaaaa I'm feeling pretty goddamn homestead-y and livestock-y up in here. And it's awesome.
I will be sure to write a dedicated post about bring home bunny and the vermicomposting. But seeing as I just discovered I potted my seedlings up into the wrong soil and will have to redo them all tomorrow, I'm going to need some rest tonight...
Hello, there! My name is Nikki Jones and this is a place for me to write about my travels, my urban homesteading adventures, and whatever else my little heart desires at a given moment. Like many personal-blog bloggers, there are times I write daily and long streteches I'm not inspired to write at all. And that's ok! At any rate, I'm glad you're here.