I have a reoccurring nightmare that I come home from a trip to find that I have animals that I have forgotten about and didn't arrange for anyone to give them food or water while I was gone. They are dying and I am struggling to get them some food and water before they die. They usually make it but just barely. Well.....my dream has become my reality. It happened like this....
A couple of days ago I clipped the ducks wings because some of them were getting too much air. When I do this I always herd all the ducks into the inner hutch so I can catch them easier and shut the little trap door. As I clip their wings I lift the door up and let them out one by one.
I always have trouble remembering to tie the trap door open when I'm done, but I usually remember within 24 hours. The last couple of evenings when I locked the ducks in and added food to their feeder I was surprised at the amount of food left in the feeder....it was like they weren't eating any of it....wait a minute, they aren't eating any of the food....why not? Why are they GOBBLING down the spent grain I throw out for them in the mornings? Why are they quacking SO loud to get out in the mornings? Hold it....the trap door is shut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I felt SO bad!!!! I've been feeding them in the evenings and all they could do was just look at the food through the fencing. I felt horrible for a long time, but then I told myself to get over it and just try to do better. They all made it...they are all still plump and happy.
But really? SHEESH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THE U-Pick GARDEN will be closing August 20th. This will be the last year the garden will be open to the public. Next year I'll be operating as a CSA, supplying about 20 regular customers with weekly boxes. Thank you for your support over the last 8 years, but it's time to try something new.
To get a copy of my book, "How To Grow Vegetables In Sitka, Alaska" just give me a call....The books are $20 plus tax. If you live out of town and want me to mail you a copy, you can mail a check for $25.60 to:
P O Box 6021
Down To Earth U-Pick Garden is located at 2103 Sawmill Creek Road in Sitka, Alaska. It is open usually from mid-June through late August. Hours are Monday-Saturday 12:00 to 6:30. On Farmer's Market Saturdays I am not open until 2:00. Children are welcome but may not run through the garden or chase the ducks. If you have any questions you can contact me, Lori Adams, at 907-747-6108 or 907-738-2241. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org