Right, so I’ve got very little water, a very windy location… but guess what? Yes, another problem. RABBITS! They seem to be getting up in numbers again here in South Australia. Not that I had really noticed them much living in a town, although we do see them running across the road (and some as road kill).
But at the farm… well, they’re just everywhere. Move a bit of tin on the ground, a rabbit runs out. Walk a little at dusk, a rabbit or even two run past. And their presence is obvious in the garden. Through winter I planted several rows of red onions. ONIONS I tell you! All (over time) nibbled down to the ground. Who would have thought rabbits would take a liking to onions?
Not just the onions. I tried leeks too – all eaten. They ate my wild strawberries right down to the ground. They’re not that keen on herbs, so I might be OK with them (although they had a good chew on the flat-leaf parsley). And they didn’t go for the broad beans. But you can’t live on herbs and broad beans, can you?
I tell you though, I don’t mind a bit of onion with my rabbit stew! So they better watch out! This means WAR! I’m pretty sure it’s rabbit season here all the time. Don’t know how I’m going to catch ’em yet, but I’ll come up with something – and my vegetarian days are over (at least for the time being).
So there you have it – these are the main challenges that I have with my organic food garden here at the farm. None are going to stop me growing our own food plants on the farm in the end. Each challenge will be addressed in turn and we’ll go from there.
I can already see a gorgous and productive garden (in my mind), and I believe that if I can see it in my mind, I can create it in my world. I hope you can overcome any obstacles you might have in creating your own gorgeous and productive organic garden. If you need a little help, take a look at my Organic Food Gardening Beginner’s Manual.
Happy Organic Gardening, Healthy Living…
Filed under: Uncategorized on November 26th, 2009