My sincere apologies to the admin if I've managed to get this in the wrong forum! The frost is hitting tonight in the lovely Saskatchewan prairies, and though I can't say it was unexpected and I didn't know, I didn't manage to pick up any cheap blankets to throw over the tomatoes and squash to protect them. So they got cut. 10lbs of tomatoes, two 5lb zuchinni(sp), 18 spaghetti squash (off one plant!), 8 mini pumpkins and a gallon bucket of gone-to-seed bush beans later, I've left half my tomato crop and all of my carrots to suffer the wrath of tonights freeze without any protection. So that brought me to thinking about my plans for a hobby farm and the very undertaking of chickens. It's not that I can't do it as, though I respect plants beyond what many people do, animals are not something I neglect. Come rain, wind, hot weather and bitter cold, my dog is walked and my pets are well loved/cared for. However, 8 hours working, 2 hours of commuting every day, and one day (hopefully) children, I wonder how those in this boat do it, especially when the significant other is very likely to do little if no work (though expect to reap the benefits ). What are your arrangements like? How do you as an (commuting?) urban slave/being/worker do it without losing your mind? I look forward to this discussion and thank everyone! for sharing.