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Possible Niblets Sighting In St. Louis

A St. Louis Today columnist named, Bob Rybarczyk has been seeing rabbits in his yard. Rabbits that are wreaking havoc on his flower gardens.

I looked out the window. Sure enough, two big fat bunnies were plunked down next to the flowers and were munching away (bunnies is munchy) on our petunias. It was like watching a couple of truckers at the counter in a greasy-spoon diner.

Sound familiar? Big fat bunnies?  Could it be that Niblets found a partner in crime?

The chump thought he had outwitted the bunnies when he moved the potted plants to a safer location. But the next weekend, when the weather was finally nice enough to do some planting, he and his wife planted the flowers in their garden. And oh…how proud of them they were!

And you know, they made our garden look really nice. Again, I’m not really a hardcore gardener, but I did appreciate how nice everything looked.

It would be a shortlived pride, for Niblets returned with yet another friend.

…to my surprise, three gigantic bunnies bolted from underneath the big bush next to my garden. I’d had no idea they were there. Unlike the squirrel, which continued to haul butt, the bunnies just ran to the edge of my yard and stopped.

They sat and stared at me.I stared right back.“We munched all your tasty plants, chump, their eyes said. And we’ll be back”.

You see? There’s no longer even a pretense of cuteness, with the Niblets gang. The masks have slipped.  

But Rybarczyk isn’t gonna take this lying down. 

If I ever catch you, my eyes said back, I’m going to rip out your spinal cords and use them to hang your mutilated corpses from the nearest tree.

My heart is torn between fearing for my once beloved pet *cough*, and uh….rooting for Rybarczyk.  I’m probably going to have to say 5,000 Hail Mary’s to make up for it, but I think I’m rooting for Rybarczyk.

Thanks to Eddiebear.

When The World Is Going To Hell In A Handbasket….

What do you do?

Garden Blogging!

More Garden Blogging

I had a horrible nightmare the night before last. But first, some background:

I had been nagging my husband to cut off the extra yards of fence we got for the garden (and was still attached to the garden fence), so we could use it for a rabbit enclosure, so poor Niblets could run around in the yard, without running away.

Well, in my dream, he took the whole fence down, and left my garden vulnerable to the rabbits. Well, when I went to check on it….there was nothing left, they had devoured every single plant in the garden, even the weeds. All that was left were a few stumps.

The dream was so vivid that when I went to check on it, yesterday morning, I was actually relieved to see that it was still there.

But it’s doing great. I haven’t had to buy lettuce or onions for weeks, and yesterday, we had our first tomato.

And, really, there’s nothing like home grown tomatoes. I’m so happy I can grow them now.

Daisies!

I love them! No, they’re not a fancy variety, but they’re so simple to grow, and so so obliging year after year! They’re really one of my favorite flowers.

Garden Blogging

wet gardenI got a wild hair up my arse today and splurged on some cube steaks for dinner tonight. I had sides of potatoes and salad. Everyone commented that the salad was especially good. “What did you do different in the salad, today, mom?”

“Well, how about home grown lettuce, radishes, and green onions fresh from the garden?”

Actually, the green onions aren’t ready to pick yet, but I knocked a couple over while I was hoeing today, so I threw them in with the lettuce and radishes.

My garden almost wasn’t this year. I had a veggie garden for the first time in several years, last year. I had gotten discouraged in the past from critters eating everything, and from year after year of unsuccessful tomatoes, (I have walnut trees). But completely by accident, last summer, I discovered an area of the yard that is far enough away from the walnut trees not to be affected. So I was able to grow tomatoes for the very first time in 10 years, successfully. Late in the summer, however, the critters had discovered its bounty, and had started helping themselves to everything they could get their paws on, including my tomatoes. The culprits? Rabbits, raccoons, and woodchucks. The damn woodchucks will take big bites right out of your pumpkins.

I’ve always resisted getting a fence, because it seemed like too much of a hassle and expense, but this year, when I saw my lettuce, and my peas (that I planted in March) getting eaten every day, never making it more than a couple of inches off of the ground before getting nibbled down to stubs, I decided to make my husband put up a fence.

Wow, what a difference it made. You could see the results almost immediately, my lettuce actually started growing, and the tomatoes that I had started from seed indoors, and were going nowhere, started shooting up. My husband went out at night with a flashlight to check on the garden for several nights in a row after he put up the fence. The rabbits were out there circling the garden trying to figure out a way to get in. The little bastids!

My peas were goners so I planted green beans in their place.

Should have put up the fence a long time ago.

And now, thankfully, we are starting to enjoy fresh veggies from the garden.

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