I am so frustrated today I almost want to cry. I won’t, but I am thinking about it. Such a waste.
After all the hard work my husband and son put in tilling a larger garden for me and fencing it so beautifully, I decided to get my lettuce starts in the ground. They were getting very crowded in their pots and were ready to spear their roots a bit. I planted 5 rows of Matchless, which is an heirloom variety. I also had a bunch of Black Seeded Simpson that needed to go in, but I didn’t have time, so I left the starts outside for when I was able to get it done.
Naturally, after transplanting, plants sometimes look a bit droopy and my lettuce looked pretty sad, but I knew it would perk up after the coming rain. I went out the next day to look, because I still couldn’t see any perky little plants from a distance.
That’s because they all got munched.
Rabbits apparently found a small gap between the fence and the ground and wiggled in. All of my beautiful lettuce is gone.
Now, this may not seem like a big deal. We can fix the gaps and spray a natural rabbit repellent around the perimeter of the garden and start over. However, I planted that lettuce from seed, so if I do that again, that means I have to continue to buy salad at the grocery store. Since my goal is to grow what I eat, that is not appealing. I even thought about leaving one of the dogs out there but I think the dog would wonder why he had been banished to the garden.
We eat a lot of salad.
The plan was to let my starts finish growing while continuing to sow more every two weeks to give us a continual supply. When it’s too cold outside, I will go back to growing it in the house. That was the plan anyhow.
Technically, I could go buy lettuce starts and be where I should be, but to replace all of those starts that I had would add up to a lot of money. It is so much more economical to grow from seed. So this is a big setback for me and I am not a happy camper.
I am considering setting traps and catching those rabbits. I have never eaten wild rabbit before, but I am not above giving it a try. Jeff said he’ll just kill them and throw them in the field (he is as ticked off as I am) but hey, why waste free food? Especially food that is getting fat off my garden!
Today we will do some shopping. I need some stuff for the goats and we want to get some broccoli plants (I never got any started from seed this year and we also eat a lot of broccoli). I guess I will decide if I want to get some lettuce starts or if I want to start from scratch again.
Oh, and for those that don’t know, Hasenpfeffer is a German name for rabbit stew. And I am going to have to find a good recipe.