Organic Bunny Love: Get Yours!

Like you, if I am going to take the time to plant seeds, I want big and tasty tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, and all the other veggies that grow from those nurtured seeds in my garden.  My soil seems to be good enough to sprout hearty stems.  I make it by composting fresh veggie scraps, coffee grounds, egg shells (nitrates), and yard debris, and papers (carbons).   As the plants grow and consume the nutrients in the soil the soil becomes less and less substantial unless I replenish it.  To aid my plants in producing many pounds of vigorous veggies I think I should pump up my dirt a bit. How do I do that?  I shall fertilize!  I won't stand on my soapbox and speak the truth about the arsenic and lead levels (among other deadly ingredients) in that stuff that grows things in miraculous ways. I mean, should I mention according to the Washington State Department of Agriculture, that miraculous concoctions that makes your plants grow like Jacks beanstalk contains 0.38 percent arsenic, 1 percent cadmium, 0.02 percent mercury, 2.5 percent nickel and 5 percent cobalt? Neh, I won't mention all that.  I'm terrible with numbers anyway.  I'll just stick with telling you why it's so much better to feed your veggie plants natural fertilizer. 
Meet Hazel.  She is the manager of the Miracle Garden Growing Department around here. Hazel is a cross between a Rex and a domestic rabbit.  She is a beautiful bundle of fluff.  Hazel got her name from that old TV show about a house maid named Hazel because she keeps her home arranged in perfect fashion.  Hazel was brought on board for one reason. Okay, maybe two reasons. To make all natural, organic, fertilizer for my garden, and to be loved.  I knew it would take a bit of dedication to keep her fed, dry, cool in the summer, and warm in the winter, but I was willing to give it a whirl. Boy am I glad I did, because I have truly fallen in love with Hazel. We are good for each other.  I keep up my end of the bargain for her care, and she definitely produces plenty of what my maters love for happy growing. 

So, if you are like us and determined to stay away from as many chemicals in your food source as possible, I encourage you to do what we did.  Get (or build) a rabbit hutch and find yourself a bunny. Give your bunny the utmost care, and she will make all the organic fertilizer that your garden needs.

Can I share with you some reasons why we chose bunny berries over cow, horse or chicken manure?  
  • Bunnies are way more snuggly than a cow, a horse, and certainly a chicken.    
  • It's cold manure.  That's right. Cold. Meaning, unlike cow, horse, or chicken manure, the berries can be directly deposited onto your garden without the threat of foliage burn, thus being a "cold" manure. 
  • Space.  Although I would love to own a big farm like many of my friends, but I am an urban organic gardener.  If I had a cow or horse in my yard, Nick & Debbie (our neighbors) would think I've gone crazy and would petition to have me removed from the cul-de-sac club. 
  • Cleanliness. Bunny Berries are very dry and pebble like. Rabbits typically do not urinate in the same spot as they poop so the pellets typically do not contain ammonia from the urine (thus explaining that "cold manure" term even further) which leaves it with no bad aroma. 
  • Economical. You can drop a stash of cash on your rabbit hutch if you want to. You can find them online and most area CO-OP's or farm supply will have them for sale. Or you can do like Hubs and build your own hutch out of pallet wood. He did have to purchase a few supplies, but by building the hutch instead of purchasing it, he saved a lot of bucks!  Feeding a rabbit is also inexpensive.
  • Easy to use: I've heard it referred to as a super fertilizer many times. Just grab a shovel full of the berries from under your bunny and toss onto your garden soil scratching them in a bit.
This post was to introduce you to Hazel and my preferred fertilizer method for all of our organic gardens.  Caring for a rabbit is not hard, but obviously there is more to know about bunnies than what I have listed today, so stay tuned for more bunny info.

Until then, just remember to keep flipping dirt & flours!
And hug a bunny! 
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