Reflections of a newbie.. finally got my rabbits. Been dreaming and planning for a long time. Sandy soil, short growing season, my gardens need all the help they can get. Some good meat I can trust will be another bonus. I have learned much I used to weed out is more nutritious than much we plant. So those "weeds" are allowed to grow. When they need thinning I take a bowl, a bucket and a knife. Tender tips go in the bowl for hubby's salad. Roots are sliced off and left in the paths, Along with anything I don't know is good for the buns,to wilt and add plant matter to our sand. I take a knife and trim all that long grass at the edges, the lawn mower misses to add to the weed bucket. Add some herbs. And the rabbits have salad. I enjoy watching them dig thru the pile for favorite bits and am always surprised at what they pick first. Hubby is a maniac with the pruners. Always led to fights when I thought he over did. Now I think ..rabbit food! I give the rabbits a few scoops of pellets and all our thinings and trimmings and they give me scoops full of what my garden book calls gold..pellets of compressed peat and slow release fertilizer. What I can scoop up is side dressed directly in the garden. My rabbits are on deep litter, so look forward to big harvests of compost periodically. The rabbit pellets cost about what we paid for the questionable bagged "manure" ( the news is full of stories of killer compost contaminated with chemicals I would never use) I think this is a much better investment, economically and for our health. We also got quail this year. Put a ground pen on deep litter over a garden bed. Hoping for fertilizer and eggs. They have consumed 10 times the boughten feed the rabbits did and really stink no matter how much clean up and cover up I do. Think our future will hold more rabbits and less (or no) quail.That is the main reason why I got rabbits so I would have a reliable source of fertilizer for my land. Raising worms as well, all for the purpose of rebuilding my soil.