Growing Up Agrarian

We are four Christian, homechurched, homeschooled, homesteading, agrarian children growing up in Central Texas on a Ranch. We are Tracy,(15) Jennifer,(10) Robert,(9) and Sarah(5) Bunker. We also have one more brother, Thomas Shepard Bunker, who is in the courts of glory. We like to read books, raise animals, and play on the land. Tracy will be writing about the stuff we do. We hope you enjoy our Adventures!

2.21.2008

Gardening and Rabbits

Hello

Today it is a little chilly, 38 degrees, but we have been keeping warm.

Tuesday we (as in the community) went to Homestead Heritage at Brazos De Dios in Waco to have a tour. That is where dad took his woodworking class. We saw a few demonstrations, saw their dairy, and their sweet potato root cellar, and had lunch at their cafe'. It was fun, and we got home at about 7:00.

We worked on the big garden yesterday, Jennifer and Robert sifted compost, and dad planted lettuce, onions, and cabbage. This year we are doing a double dug garden, so our onions will probably do better. We have planted about 400 onions. Lots of onions.

Today we worked on our own little garden, which is going to be a little mini version of a double dug. It is a 4' by 4' square, and we dug it out to about 1 and a half foot deep, and then we borrowed the compost sifter and sifted the dirt back in, so it is light and airy.We will be putting in carrots, lettuce, parsley, and broccoli for rabbit food. Every year we do a little garden of our own, ( last year we planted all herbs) and dad gives us leftover seeds, and, this year, we got about 50 onions to plant there. I wonder if rabbits like onions? Anyway, we will hopefully do two, if not three of these 4' by 4' beds. Next winter, Lord Willing, we will move the rabbits cage over the bed so they can fertilize it ( rabbit poop does not have to be aged as chicken poop does) and then move them back in the spring.

Santa Monica the rabbit had a litter of four kits, but one was rejected. So now we have 3 little bunnies. Two of them are a odd gray color all over, and one is the normal white with gray on the ears, nose , tail and paws. One in Jennifer's and she named it Bugs. Another is Robert's and he named his Vegas. Tracy named the last one Taco. Since they will probably be butchered, we did not name them in the theme of Californian cities. Those names are only for breeding rabbits. The rabbit left over from the last litter is probably a female and if so will replace Monica, because Tracy is going to butcher Monica. She is a crazy rabbit. She always finds a way to get around the wire latches on her cage door and makes us chase her for at least ten minutes to put her back. Also, she is a bad mother. She steps on the kits, and almost killed one the other day because she just does not pay attention like Clara did to her kits. So this new replacement will be named Santa Rosa. We just call it Cutie right now, and for a good reason.

If you have time, run over to the Irby's Irbs and Stuff blog (www.132not123.blogspot.com) and try to geuss what they found on their land Tuesday. We don't know yet, but we guessed eggs. Hmmmm.

Well, have a nice day.
The Bunker Gardeners

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