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Rabbit Manure

Your plants are only as healthy as your soil. By feeding your soil regularly you are ensuring that a healthy community of microorganisms are flourishing in your soil, thus benefiting your overall garden health.

We decided as soon as we began gardening not to rely on synthetic fertilizers. For a number of years now we have been keeping a compost bin of kitchen waste and recently started another one for yard scraps. The benefits have been obvious, our plants are heavy producers and disease is at a minimum year after year.

Living in town it can be difficult to get our hands on manure though. Lots of offers from farmers and friends but transportation can be an issue. So we decided after some research that a rabbit would be a welcome addition in our household.

Rabbit manure is arguably one of the best manures available for your garden. It is loaded with nitrogen and phosphorus, which are important for foliage, roots and flowers. This is not to say that it lacks potassium because it doe…

From Seed To Table Project

"There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again." ~Elizabeth Lawrence~

All three of my children have been introduced to the garden very early in their lives. My four year old , for example, is working the family garden for the third consecutive year now. The point that I am trying to make is that there has always been a value placed on gardening in our home. Caring for the land, self-sufficiency, eating healthy and simply spending time out doors are just a handful of the character traits we are hoping to pass to the next generation. Now that we home school gardening has taken on new meaning in the aspect that we are actually able to create curriculum out of it!

This year we decided to focus on the concept of local foods and where they come from. We buy maple syrup and eggs from a farmer outside of Delhi, honey from Unadilla, free range beef from Deposit and free range chickens…