The New Home Economics

Rabbit damage

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It’s been a rough winter for the varmints living under our deck. Early, deep snowcover meant a scarcity of food for them for months. Now the snow is finally receding (note: not totally gone yet), and they are having a field day with my perennials.

Note the stripped bark from the top parts of these rose bush branches. Fortunately I always cut the them back to the green part every spring anyway.

A few weeks ago I pruned my crabapple tree, and I was super lazy about cleaning up the branches. I basically just piled them up and left them there. I am so glad I did now, because the rabbits have been feasting on those as well. Apple branches must be extra delicious. I like to think this pile of branches might be saving a perennial or two. I am seeing lots of damage everywhere, but nothing fatal except my grape vine, which probably wasn’t going to survive the winter anyway.

I may assent to Adam’s offer to get one of his old “wrist-rocket” slingshots from his parents’ house.  Apparently he used to kill striped gophers with one shot when he was a kid. Hasenpfeffer could be an Easter dish, right?

Somebody’s mocking me.

Ending on a positive note: look at those swelling magnolia buds. Spring is coming! Really, it is.

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2 thoughts on “Rabbit damage

  1. Thank you so much for your posts and your work. I have yet to navigate all the contents of your writings but I look forward to it. I feel we are very much aligned in our attempt to articulate this movement through the lens of home economics. I wrote a book – A Householder’s Guide to the Universe, that attempted to define the same along with some ideas involved in living within that system. I also teach and write on other things which you can get a sense of on my website http://www.portlandpreserve.com. I tell you all this only because I wish to introduce myself to someone who I respect and who I hope to meet someday. Perhaps, only, we will be acquainted through our works but I wanted to formally say hello and thanks.

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