Friday, June 25, 2010

Carrots and Baby Bunnies

Remember the pop bottle, carrot garden we planted back in March?

Well, despite the fact, that I dumped the whole thing out, and had to sort of replant it (you can read about that, here), and despite the fact, that we had to keep the terrarium lid on longer than we wanted to, due to a bug infestation (I didn't post about that, but suffice it to say, we shouldn't have used dirt from last year, that had sat outside all fall), the carrots have continued to grow.

We haven't been able to see any orange through the bottle, but we can see quite a few white roots, growing from the carrots. And, this week, small tops have started sticking up, above the dirt.

Finally, I just couldn't stand it any more. I had to pull one, to see how they're growing (always a problem of mine with carrots). I'm not sure if you can tell from the picture below or not, but the carrot I pulled, while a very lovely carrot, is also very tiny, about an inch long.

I don't think they're quite ready yet.

We debated about what to do with such a tiny carrot. The children wanted to taste it, but they didn't want to share it with each other. Finally, after some research to make sure it was okay, we decided to feed it to the wild rabbits around town. Remember the rabbits we saw on our nature drive, at the beginning of spring?

They've had a family.

Naturally, when we approached they all scampered into their hole.

I think the girls were hoping to lure out some of the cute baby bunnies with their offering. They really are irresistibly adorable, even if they seem to be overrunning the town. Too many carrots aren't good for rabbits, because they are high in sugar. But, an occasional one, especially such a tiny one, is okay.

After some coaxing, I managed to convince the girls to leave the carrot for the rabbits to enjoy later. So, we didn't get to see the bunnies enjoying their snack. But, I'm quite certain they all popped back out again, as soon as we were gone.

It's great to be a homeschooler.


Ticia said...

I'm sure they enjoyed their carrot snack.

Ehhhhh, what's up Doc?

Debbie said...

Cute little carrot. I am sure the bunnies enjoyed it.

It doesn't take long for rabbits to over run a town! I love the picture of your daughter looking into the hole, I wonder what she would have done if one would have jumped out of there real fast!

Lauren said...

Great that you saw the rabbit hole! And what a cute carrot!

Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

I know - rabbits are cute in the pictures, but there was a reason why Australians were waging war with them. They are not going to get too fat on your tiny carrot, but hopefully the rest will stay put and delight your children.