You can take that truth to the bank and deposit it.
Of course, we had to learn this lesson the hard way.
As I’ve said before, we don’t believe in putting urban farm animals in cages. We have rabbits, guinea pigs and quail all living together in large aviaries in our backyard, and they all get along smashingly well and we love it.
But rabbits dig holes!
Let me change that…..
Rabbits dig elaborate tunnels!
And if you aren’t careful, rabbits will dig right out of the aviary and set themselves free.
We actually approached this problem with what we thought was a solution when we were building the aviaries. We were told to sink the hardware cloth at least twelve inches underground to prevent rats from digging in and eating the food, so we did that.
Turns out rabbits can dig deeper than twelve inches. I was outside one night about a month ago, just doing a final scan of the backyard before I went to bed, and one of our rabbits came hopping over and stood next to me…..on the deck….outside the aviary.
So I filled in the hole, and covered it with large rocks, and sunk iron bars into the ground all along the perimeter of the aviary, and a couple weeks later the rabbits tunneled out again.
THE ONLY SOLUTION
We have since figured it out. It took us some time and cost us a bit more money, but we finally reached the intellectual level of “smarter than a rabbit,” and I’m quite proud of us. J
The solution was quite simple for anyone with any common sense. We laid chicken wire along the bottom of the aviary. Rabbits can’t dig through chicken wire.
I hope you got a good laugh out of that story. We did.
GARDENING IN OCTOBER
For those of you who are year-round gardeners, here’s a to-do list for October:
- Divide perennials
- Harvest winter squash and pumpkins
- Mulch garden beds
- Plant berries and bare-root plants
- Plant garlic
- Rake and store leaves
- Save seeds
- Set out slug traps
- Sow cover crop seeds and fava beans
- Take down trellises and teepees
Happy gardening and farming!