Not Quite Eden

Flo as a Toddler-  RIP

About a month ago I was sitting in my backyard in the morning sunshine.  The veggie garden was flourishing,  the flowers were a riot of color, mostly purple,  the hens were laying well and a nice assortment of biblical birds (doves and sparrows, mostly) were visiting the feeders.  Mrs. Rabbit and the Farm Dog seemed to have made peace and things seemed just about perfect-  Edenic,  in fact.

But I soon realized that it’s not time for Eden yet on this earth.  The first clue was an invasion of gophers.  One by one,  my vegetables began to disappear:  A whole row of onions,  an entire patch of lettuce,  my entire zucchini crop as well as the cilantro and chard.   The corn,  green beans, tomatoes and most of the pumpkins are still unmolested but I am not too hopeful.  Every morning I go out to let the hens out of their coop and survey the latest predation.   The gophers chew the roots off at ground level,  leaving a wilted plant that will soon disappear down the gopher hole.  Very sad.   I have replanted everything in pots on the patio.

Then two of my hens fell sick.   Flo died but the other ailing hen-  my favorite Rhonda-  looked to be at death’s door for a week but thanks to many answered prayers she has recovered.   I had suspected Flo was poisoned by nibbling foxglove but I thought she was getting better,  but nope.  Rhonda looked to be next but I found some remedies on the Internet and I think she’s ok now. She has always been a little lop-sided and I guess she’s a special-needs hen.

So,  it’s not Eden,  no matter how much love, affection and attention I put into my garden and my animals.  Things still go very very wrong.

Genesis 3:18  “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you…”

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Xenia
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 11:42:33

    Actually, thanks to the corn, pumpkin and tomatoes, which are large plants, the garden still looks quite lush if you didn’t know what used to be there! Still a garden and not a desert. But a little depressing nonetheless.

  3. FanaticOne
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 11:49:38

    Sorry for your loss. Hard when things go astray 😦

  4. chaoticscribbles
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 11:50:04

    Sorry to hear about your hens, sometimes things test you. Don’t give up on your garden or hens! Sounds really rewarding having so much fresh veg on your doorstep!!

  5. Xenia
    Jun 07, 2012 @ 11:52:54

    Thank you for the sympathy. I won’t give up, these things happen.

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