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Captive breeding experiment with the North American Kobalt

pair of Kobalt wheelbarrows next to each other

We've been liking our Kobalt Neverflat wheelbarrow so much that we decided to get it a companion.
wheelbarrow mating up close
The guy at the store said it was a long shot, but if they spark within the first 90 days then you've got at least a 20 percent chance at producing some viable hybrids. This particular species has been known to have litters as high as 10 little ones, but 5 is more common.

Of course we won't need that many wheelbarrows if the coupling does happen, but I have a feeling it won't be too difficult to find good homes for a handful of young Kobalts ready to haul their way into a lucky gardener's heart.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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So if a wheelbarrow is made of hard plastic - does that make this hard porn? I think the lady 'barrow was blushing.
Comment by J Mon Aug 8 19:06:58 2011
A little risque for our blog, I know, but I have to admit I thought it was hilarious. :-)
Comment by anna Mon Aug 8 19:20:04 2011

Sure, sure, the first post is free but you'll want our credit card number for future updates on the experiment...

(Your post made me laugh, by the way. A lot.)

Comment by Seth Johnson Mon Aug 8 23:50:57 2011

That makes me laugh, thanks.

An old timer once told me "don't go naming the young barrows, it just makes getting rid of em more difficult, when you get to attached and all, ya know."

I'm a new reader, in the last week or so. I've been enjoying your blog very much. Thanks for taking the time to share it.

Comment by Justin Tue Aug 9 06:14:03 2011
Maybe the clacking noises will chase away the deer? ;-)
Comment by Roland_Smith Tue Aug 9 06:34:36 2011

Seth --- Hi! Melissa said you read our blog, but I didn't really believe her. (Be sure to type in the security code on the back of your credit card as well as the expiration date and full credit card number. :-) )

Justin --- Oh, so true! We've been calling the male Kobalt --- don't know what we'll do now that we have two.

Roland --- Now you made me laugh.

Comment by anna Tue Aug 9 07:09:41 2011

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