This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

baby rabbit

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Upon retuning from a week of vacation I find that my garden has been found by a baby rabbit. The cutest little bunny I have seen!

I watched through the window as he hopped around in my cold frame (which is now a hot frame) and he very nicely chose the weeds to nibble on. Grasses and pigweed. He avoided the melons and cucumbers and broccoli. He didn't eat the sunflower seedlings. He did eat the two baby soy bean seedlings still in plastic trays - oh well. Now this is definitely a failed crop. I thought it was better to get this cute photo than two bushes of edamame.

I've been watching the mother rabbit, who lives under the porch next door, for most of the fall and spring. I guess she's been busy. Its unusual for us to have rabbits here in the suburbs of Boston. Seems nice to see more wildlife, so I'm happy to share with the bunny today. I'll probably be annoyed with it later and may need to add chicken wire around my fences at home like my community plot. (Where is my dog!!?? Doesn't he have some responsibility to keep out the rabbits! He'd rather swim and sit in a boat. Not really a wild life chaser.)

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Blogger ~Holly~ said...

Awww, how cute!! Thanks for sharing (with us and him)! =0)

July 08, 2010 10:12 PM

Blogger biobabbler said...

That is SO adorable!!! =) When I had rabbits (escaped domestic, breeding like mad) before I figured it out, I thought "Gee, I've hardly got ANY weeds! How great!" Then my veggies started disappearing and I figured it out. Very cute, though!

July 08, 2010 10:24 PM

Blogger Dan said...

Funny pic! Certainly is a cute little rabbit. There may be time to do a second sowing of soy beans. The summer is suppose to be a warm one.

July 08, 2010 10:29 PM

Blogger MUDNYC said...

They are so cute. But they ate my peas!!!!

July 08, 2010 10:32 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I may as well replant the soy beans. I will soon post my soy bean (sad) story.

July 08, 2010 10:38 PM

Anonymous Sandy said...

We have quite a few wild rabbits in our yard, but they haven't really bothered my raised beds (knock on wood). They stick mostly to the grasses and weeds so I haven't had to do any bunny eradication yet. The dog does help keep the population manageable (she occasionally catches and kills baby bunnies - I know, a bit sad). The kids do love watching the bunnies.

July 09, 2010 12:32 AM

Blogger icebear said...

They are very cute! Hopefully they don't become Big Trouble. They aren't as destructive as woodchucks are they?

July 09, 2010 7:47 AM

Blogger Tamsin said...

He's gorgeous :) Thank you for sharing. How polite of him to just single out the weeds.

July 09, 2010 8:17 AM

Blogger Sarah said...

Cute, when they aren't in *my* garden ;) We do have a lot of rabbits around, but they don't seem to bother with the garden. I even took down my rabbit fence. But I do have two dogs roaming around, so that probably helps.

July 09, 2010 9:23 AM

Anonymous Marian(LondonUK) said...

Lovely Bunny-baby. Young animals always seem to have such a joy of new life about them, everything is interesting and in the case of bunnies investigated by eating. Your veggies look great, we picked our first yellow courgettes today, just about to be sauteed for dinner!
Great Blog as always.

Marian (LondonUK)

July 09, 2010 2:17 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too cute! I have a mole who inhabits my garden. Enjoy the little critter until it invites its siblings to join him!

July 10, 2010 8:58 AM


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