Saturday, July 2, 2011
There's a rabbit in my garden!
Had you scared didn't I? Thinking how could a rabbit get through four strands of electric fence and 24 inches of poultry fence?
Well,because I put him or them there.We don't have the rabbits yet,we picked up the rabbit hutch(basically a cage designed for rabbits)this afternoon,and then we'll decide what we're going to do.
What I would like to do is set the hutch up right out in the garden,on top of the compost pile,or over top an empty garden bed,so that the dropping go right into the garden(less cage cleaning).
Local rabbit breeders charge $20-$40 per bag for bagged bunny poop.It's costs a lot less than that to keep a couple of rabbits in your own backyard.Rabbit manure is like black gold,as the pellets are like tiny nitrogen bombs to feed your garden with,it does not need to be composted,and can be spread directly into the garden,unlike most animal manures.
So here's the plan: Place the hutch directly over top either the compost pile or an empty garden bed(the one I'll be resting for a year anyway)and as needed move the hutch along the bed to evenly distribute the manure.In theory it should work.
Then,in the fall we'll mix it into the soil,and let it sit all winter,working it in better in the spring,several weeks before planting time,much like farmers do when preparing fields for planting.
I'm thinking that in the winter months we'll have to move the hutch closer to the house,inside the privacy fence to give the little critters more protection from the harsh winter winds,in that case,we'll just dump the droppings onto the chosen garden bed or the compost pile as we clean the cage.
I've never done this before,never even had a pet rabbit before,but this is all about learning what works and what doesn't.