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New inhabitants in the shed

UPDATE 30 August 2014: I’m leaving the original post as is, but I’m updating it in case anyone else ever finds hedgehogs like I did.

If you find a mother with her hoglets (baby hedgehogs) and they are not in any danger…LEAVE THEM ALONE. Don’t move them or add anything to their environment. Just replace anything you moved and leave them alone. I made the mistake of trying to make things ‘better’ for the ones I found and in turn made things worse.

After I had moved the hoglets and the mother and returned to check on them, I saw the mama was gone. I thought she left to get food. Every time I returned to check, she wasn’t there. I read up on hedgehogs and discovered that if their habitat is removed or altered the mother could turn on her babies, eat them or leave. Well, my one turned out to be a deadbeat mom. Left. Never came back.

I took all of the barricades down. Eventually two of the hedgehogs started to venture away from the bamboo nest…returning…leaving. I checked on the three a few times before bed. Still no mama.

This morning, one hedgehog was still left in the bamboo. My heart sank. I thought he had died. Nope. But very weak, not moving.

I screwed up so badly. The mom left, but it was might fault.

She was so weak. We phoned animal rescue. They were coming, but it would take a few hours. Crap!

I gathered up the little spiky tennis ball, made a comfy nest in a box and spent the next few hours trying to get the little munchkin to eat a raspberry, mushed banana, some egg and water.

She let me pick her up. I thought that was not a good sign, seeing as how before she was all puffy and snuffly with me. Making a reverse-hiss noise and breathing out fast, while extending its little spikes. But she was sooooo cold. She warmed up in my hand and started drinking small amounts of water from an eyedropper.

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I took care of her until the dierenambulance (animal ambulance) came to pick her up. She will be in good hands and live out her life in a hedgehog sanctuary. Apparently, there are more and more hedgehog deaths related to roads and animal attacks, so she will be protected, fed and loved with a bunch of other hedgehogs.

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The dogs were barking at the shed. Something was exciting them. Something was in there. I had to check it out.

We never use this shed…except for some storage items. At first this was all I saw.

What’s under the tarp?!

This is how I found the little hedgehogs. They were living under a HUGE tarp that was in one of our sheds. I was kind of afraid that they would get trapped inside because the tarp is so big and has a lot of folds and tucks. Plus, I didn't want the dogs to get at them.

This is how I found the little hedgehogs. They were living under a HUGE tarp that was in one of our sheds. I was kind of afraid that they would get trapped inside because the tarp is so big and has a lot of folds and tucks. Plus, I didn’t want the dogs to get at them.

So, I temporarily transferred the hedehogs to a comfy-lined box.

So, I temporarily transferred the hedehogs to a comfy-lined box.

Here are some close-ups:

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Cute, hey?! I’ve checked on them since. It looks like mama hedgehog has gone to search for food. I hope I didn’t disrupt their sleep too much. I put some slugs and worms in a tray for them, but they may wriggle away.

Their new digs…

After barricading off part of the shed (so the dogs can't get to them), I placed a lot of bamboo in a nice dark corner for them. Hopefully, they like the new digs, but the tarp is still there so they can always move back there..

After barricading off part of the shed (so the dogs can’t get to them), I placed a lot of bamboo in a nice dark corner for them. Hopefully, they like the new digs, but the tarp is still there so they can always move back there..

Green onions

UPDATE: Veggie-scrap gardening

Here’s a little update on the progress and results of my first attempt at veggie-scrap gardening.

The squashes, parsley and camomile didn’t make it. Slugs and snails. I tried everything! My new tactic —for the remaining flowers/veggies— is to put fruit and veg compost ~near~ the things they like to nibble on, but far enough away to make them not want to get there. Little jerks.

I think the only reason why the celery, onions and garlic survived the slug massacre is because they simply don’t like ‘em.

Before -and-after celery

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Before-and-after garlic

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Green onions

straight from the garden

straight from the garden

Dutch apple pie with fresh blueberry compote

Fresh blueberry compote

Fresh blueberry compote

Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Dessert
Website A sweetpea chef
This recipe for fresh blueberry compote is easy to make and very versatile. You can add it hot or cold to pie, spongecake, ice cream, yoghurt, French toast, pancakes, waffles, crepes.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries (Keep a few separate to add in later.)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1 stick vanilla bean
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice ((optional))

Note

This is a borrowed recipe (see above), which I have merely added a couple of extra ingredients that I love to make this a lovely, spice-infused compote.

Directions

Step 1 Fresh blueberries!Pick some fresh blueberries (or buy them or take some frozen guys out of the freezer).
Step 2 Everything in the saucepan. Smells soooo delicious!Pour the fresh blueberries (minus the few) into a medium sauce pan. Add all the other ingredients (minus the lemon juice) and cook over medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
Step 3 After 10 minutes, gently smash the blueberries against the pan using a wooden or plastic spatula. Add the remaining blueberries and cook for an additional 5-6 minutes to heat through.
Step 4 Add lemon juice, if you choose — to taste. It gives the compote a bit of a tangy kick. Use it or don't use it, but only use a fresh lemon if you do.
Step 5 Blueberry compote on Dutch apple piePour onto something equally delicious, then have a taste-gasm within the first bite.

You can also eat the compote cold.