Sunday, 17 October 2010

Autumn gardening with Sylvain rabbit



Thought is was about time for a Cottontails garden update...


Most of our spring / summer crops have been harvested now, but the parsnips are still in the ground (apparently they are happy to be 'stored' there) and I am trying not to look at the ravaged purple sprouting broccoli - am just hoping it might resurrect itself for spring.

Being a beginner, I kind of assumed I should just tidy things up and leave it alone for the winter, but a quick bit of research revealed that no, there are still plenty of things to plant in October. This left me without an excuse, so this afternoon Sylvain rabbit and I donned thick jumpers and headed outside to sow some more seeds...




We have planted peas which should be ready in spring (we are planning to eat tiny pea shoots as well as peas - rabbits love these apparently, and Humphrey has volunteered himself as a taste tester)


And broad beans (again, we are hoping that come spring we will be able to eat some plant tops - nice wilted in butter apparently - and also some whole tiny pods).

And in our new mini greenhouse thing we have filled pots and seed trays with spinach and various winter salads.


By the way, do you like Sylvain's jumper? Those of you with a keen eye and encyclopedic knowledge of Moulin Roty will notice that he is not wearing his usual stripey dungaree outfit. I am considering creating a small range of clothes for the soft toys and this is a prototype. What do you think? He is also wearing a lovely Snapdragon robin badge. I have a few in stock here or visit Jane's own Snapdragon website for loads more.

3 comments:

Crafty Green Poet said...

oh how sweet to have a rabbit helping in the garden, I love the photo where he has a smudge of soil on his nose

Bumpkin Bears said...

Now that looks like my kind of day. Love bunnies jumper, looks very cosy on these chilly winter days. Your greenhouse looks wonderful, I was looking at one of those yesterday in the garden centre thinking how great it would be, maybe one day! Right back to work for me, toadstools and bunnies are coming along and am looking into a badge & magnet supplier. Catherine xx

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Gardening is more fun with a bun.