Dilemma

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I had a dilemma a few weeks ago. I had gone out to my garden to check on the progress of my tomatoes, green beans, scraggly peas and other produce.  As I was bent over picking beans, I saw a blob of dead grass underneath my plants. I started pulling it away and then discovered fur. I kind of knew what I would find when I kept carefully digging into that hole, in the dirt. I was right…..baby bunnies.

We do have a chicken wire fence around three sides of that particular area of the garden. I am not really sure how a mom rabbit managed to find a hole in the non-chicken wire portion on the last side of the garden….but, evidently, she had.

When I told my husband of my find, he asked what I had done with the bunnies.  I told him, that I had covered them back up. He really laughed at that as he knows I truly hate rabbits in my garden. He knows I rant and get really critical when I see a rabbit near my garden. He also knows I threaten to get the gun (pretty sure the rabbits would be safe even if I did!) and take care of the rabbit “problem”.

I found I just could not get rid of those baby bunnies. I can only hope they are as gracious to my garden as I am to them! I think I am going to have to keep picking my produce in a timely manner. I am going to have to beat those bunnies to the beans. I am finding, though, that they are not really much of a problem…..yet.

Admittedly, they are much too cute at this stage to get rid of. I recommended to my husband that next garden season we take care of the problem much sooner in the season. He has decided to make more chicken wire panels that should make it impossible to get through……I hope!

I have since discovered that those pesky bunnies are leaving my beans alone….much to my relief. They have instead found the flower pots on my porch!  I really didn’t think rabbits would enjoy geraniums…..but it seems they do.

IMG_4148 Geraniums as Rabbit Food

My plants are slowly being defoliated. They don’t eat the leaves but they seem to really enjoy the stems. My husband is slightly amazed at their liking of geraniums as he thinks they are some of the stinkiest flowers around.

Sometimes life is just like that isn’t it? You worry about one thing (my beans and bunnies) only to find it wasn’t a problem at all. Then you turn around and the real problem is something you never thought of! I never anticipated my geraniums turning into rabbit food.

Fortunately, being trimmed down will not hurt the plant. It may even be beneficial in the long run and make it bushier than before. I am going to have to remember that lesson when I feel like I am being pruned. You know…those times when stuff happens and is really hard to get through?

For now I guess I will have to sit and enjoy the cute factor of those bunnies. I will have to shut my eyes to the pruning and hope my plants get bushier than before. It can always be worse….they could be eating all my green beans!

May your weekend be filled with  hope and may you see beyond the pruning.

Pruning is a necessary part of life.
In order to move forward.
You must let go.
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Swisms

Beans

I will tell you right up front do not go looking in any dictionary for the word swism. It should be in there as it is the perfect word for what happens on a hot summer day.

When I was out picking my beans in the garden the other night I was experiencing issues with swism. For those of you who wear glasses this will make sense. Swism is that drop of sweat that rolls off your forehead when you are bending over and it then lands on your glasses to create a swism.

When you try looking through this swism you get the same effect as looking through the swism’s better known relative- the prism. It might be a little fuzzier than that.

I have also heard it said that women don’t sweat……I will tell you this is a falsehood.  When the weather is as hot as it has been (108º heat index) women no longer glisten; it really is sweat.

As I write this my husband reminded me of my enthusiasm when those seed catalogs arrived in the mailbox back in January and February. As he was throwing wood into the woodstove back then, to keep us warm, I was dreaming of produce and a beautiful organized garden.

Nowhere is those glossy photos of clean abundant produce did I see a drop of sweat on the people holding those gorgeous pumpkins, beans and carrots. (Who are those people and where do they get them from??)  Nowhere did I see earwigs munching on the leaves or rabbits chewing those peas to nubs.  Maybe I should have bought the packages of repellant that were advertised?  You would think I would learn after this many years of gardening!!

I do have to say that once you get the beans picked the next part is actually pretty relaxing as you can sit on the porch and listen to the birds and watch the chickens as you snip beans. You can even enjoy a great cup of tea. Yes I still enjoy a cup of tea even when it is hot. You just have some chocolate mint tea that has a hint of cool to it.

Green Beans

After years of using the hot water bath method for canning my beans I finally purchased my first pressure canner  a few years ago.( My mom still cannot believe that I use a pressure canner and I often hear the story of how Grandma had chicken soup all over the kitchen because the pressure canner blew.) After using the pressure canner these last couple years I would not go back, especially when it comes to beans. I must admit I reread the instruction book every year and do not leave my kitchen while it is in operation.

I also need to admit that when those jars come out of the canner it is very satisfying. Hearing that pinging sound of lids sealing is one of the best sounds around.

It is a great feeling to begin to fill the empty jars from the pantry shelves with produce. I know that by the time that last jar gets filled and on the shelves I will have forgotten the effort it took to get them all there.

My husband just grins when I stand in my pantry and admire all the filled shelves in the fall. My youngest son usually takes a look and comments, “Yup, mom is ready for the apocalypse.”

 

 A sensible person gathers the crops when they are ready;
it is a disgrace to sleep through the time of harvest.
Proverbs 10:5  (GNT)