Paul's friend came to pick up Pan yesterday afternoon. I would have taken a goodbye picture of him, but I wasn't here for the parting. I'd say that I miss him, but I'd be lying, and this morning was actually a tiny bit more enjoyable as it required less time / work from me as I didn't have to hay or water him.
So although we are now without a buck, we've been promised access to him come breeding season. Deal of the century if you asked me!
My Mom and Stepfather cleaned out their strawberry bed to make room for other berries (raspberries or gooseberries I think) and look what I ended up getting:
Two buckets of strawberry plants!!
Some of them already had berries on them so I'm not sure if the plants will continue growing berries after all the stress of being uprooted and transplanted. But even if they don't produce again until next season I'm still thrilled! I had bought some cheap'o strawberry crowns from Walmart a few weeks ago (why, why, WHY??) so I planted them near the back of the bed hoping that some of them will come up. They looked pretty pathetic, but I put in a handful of homegrown compost in with them hoping that would help.
So our berry garden is actually starting to look like a berry garden. The past two years were dreadfully hot here so I lost ALL of my raspberry and blackberry bushes (ten total) and about half (another six or so) of the blueberry bushes. We've replaced the dead blueberry bushes with new ones this spring and the bed that used to contain the raspberries now have grapes planted there. There is still one area that can be made into one large or two small beds. I'm not sure what other berry type of plant I want yet, so that area may just be used for the tomatoes and peppers this summer.