town_429How’s that for a title? Get your attention?

I’m not a scientist, horticulturist, a botanist or any of those other “ists.”  I’m just an urban farmer and writer, blindly stumbling through the learning curve, trying to find what works.  I couldn’t tell you the proper balance of minerals necessary to grow certain plants.  I know the difference between sandy soil and clay soil, but after that my knowledge about soil gets a little spotty.

Oh sure, I could take some extension courses and learn all about soil and its properties, but for me, with limited time available, I’d rather just take ordinary dirt and add rabbit poop to it.

Why mess with success?

There was a time, a few years back, in my Dark Ages of gardening, when I would go to the nursery and purchase the best soil known to man, and I would haul my soil gold home, eight bucks per bag,  with little money remaining in my bank account.

Now I go to the bark center, get a pickup truck load of topsoil for $15, bring it home and add rabbit poop.

Why mess with success?

THE WONDER OF RABBITS

Do you know the greatest thing about rabbits?  No, it’s not that they are cute and cuddly…it’s that they never stop pooping, which means I have a natural additive for all of my garden beds year round, so I get cute and cuddly and the best fertilizer known to man, all in one neat little four-legged package.

If you don’t have rabbits then ask around and find a neighbor who does.  Chances are they will just give you the poop for nothing….and wouldn’t that be ultra cool?

WHAT’S NEW ON OUR FARM?

We have Running Ducks, that’s what!DSC_0489 (1)

And they are hilarious!

The name is for a reason…Running Ducks don’t fly, but man do they love to run, and watching them run is worth the price of admission.  Check out the picture of them….of course they aren’t running and they look, in that picture, like any other duck, but don’t let appearances fool you.  These ladies can run!

Why did we get ducks?  Why do we do anything on our farm? We love animals and we’re having the time of our lives.  Ducks will lay eggs, so there’s that, but other than that they just poop a lot and make us laugh.

In other words, they’re worth it!

FARM STAND

DSC_0494 (1)I opened the farm stand this Saturday and sold quail eggs at $3 per dozen.  I’m adding organic chicken eggs this weekend.

QUAIL BUSINESS

Business is brisk.  We had a $200 week followed the next day by a $66 day…..not bad at all.  If we keep that up through the end of laying season I’ll be happy. Then we have to decide whether to give the girls the winter off from laying or put a light out there and have them lay during the winter.  We’ll probably give them the winter off and lose money feeding them.  LOL

STRAW BALE GARDENING

The straw bale experiment is going strong.  I’ve never seen potatoes grow so rapidly as they are in this straw bales, and everything else in that garden is doing well, from tomatoes to onions to strawberries.   At this point in the experiment I can say without hesitation that I am sold on straw bale gardening.town_882

WORMS

Now I want to start raising worms…red squiggly worms…..more on that later. Thank God Bev supports me in all my random glory.

AND THAT’S IT FOR THIS WEEK

I can’t imagine having five or ten acres. I’m so busy with this city lot that I can’t keep up with the chores…how does one do it on five acres????

See you next week. Thanks for the visit.

Bill

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17 thoughts on “The Wonders of Rabbit Poop

  1. Congrats Bill on your Quail egg sales, you must be over the moon! Your farm is thriving and the ducks look like a fun addition to the family!Have a great weekend my friend xx

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  2. Love every word of this beautiful article my friend; so natural and close to the home, especially ” dirty hands” are blessed hands, bringing blessing working within the garden , the same even more in writing and publishing. How can you do that ?!
    Peace , strength and success.

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  3. The tip about the rabbit poop is most helpful. Congratulations, too, on your organic egg business and its continually – growing earnings. I very much love your urban farm:)

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  4. Michael my friend, if you can get your hands on some rabbit manure, do so quickly….this is the best fertilizer I’ve ever seen.

    And thank you so much for your support and friendship. Blessings to you always.

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    1. You are 100% right Bill. Since my early age I remember cleaning rabbit’s stinky manure and carrying to a “special” spot in the garden where my parents wanted to grow richer crop then other places. ( I also can recall tasty, fresh, tender meat at my dinner plate ,my mom was preparing for us for lengthy period of time …) [ Please don’t tell anybody that rabbits are excellent nourishment part of our existence.]

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      1. Michael my friend, once we name our rabbits, they are safe for their lives. I have had rabbit and found it to be tasty, but I just don’t have it in my heart any longer to kill them for a meal.

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  5. Dear friend, raising rabbits for meal has been more popular for “poor” self-sustaining families; we could feed them with anything green growing on edges of roads even the youngest kids could go and gather; secondly rabbits multiply fast becoming the best choice during the time of ww2 when there was nothing to purchase and postwar communism brought ‘prosperity’ similar to one America is just about facing now…

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  6. Squiggly worms??? Oh wow, Bill you are a lucky man to have Bev in your corner for this one – I COULDN’T. Lol. I so enjoy popping over here to read about your latest farming adventures. And you know what an animal lover I am, so I love how you guys name them and look after them the way you do – it’s all those warm fuzzy feelings and so great to see. 🙂

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  7. Thank you so much, Mel! We just can’t kill our animals. We hurry up and name them so they are officially pets, and nobody kills a pet, right? LOL I wish you lived closer. Bev and I would love to have you as neighbors.

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