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Grow your food for you, not the rabbits…

Grow your food for you, not the rabbits…

Rabbits are cute, but I don’t want them in our garden. 

Every year, our rabbits seem to get larger and fatter thanks to our and the neighbors outdoor smorgasbord. I have tried a few controls below and they seem to work.  Below are some tips I found that can help keep rabbits out of your garden and enjoy the fruits of your labor for yourself!

Plant a Decoy Garden:

If you have the room, plant a garden in another area of your yard of rabbit loving plants.  Be sure to not plant it too close.  Some of these include strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, beets, swiss chard, broccoli, lettuce, beans, peas, spinach, rosemary.

Make your own repellent:

You can also make your own repellent.  Just spray daily (approximately 5 to 7 days due to wash off from watering or rain) until you think the pesky bunny gets the message.  If you do see them snooping around again, respray for a few days.  Also, be careful how much and often you use it.  The rabbits can become accustomed to these smells and tastes. Here is a recipe I’ve often used with some success:

2 raw eggs
1 quart water
A teaspoon of Tabasco sauce or cayenne pepper
A squirt of dish soap

Mix in spray bottle.

Small fence

The safest way to keep them out is to build a small fence that is at least 18″  to 24″ tall with chicken wire.  Our garden is part of our landscape, so for us, this isn’t the most attractive solution.

Rabbit Traps

Another way to control rabbits in urban areas is to set live rabbit traps.  It may not be very effective during the summer months during the growing season with the abundance of available vegetation.  Just place them in an area with alot of rabbit activity.  Make sure the traps measure 6″x6″x24″.  For bait, use lettuce, apples, carrots or corn.3

Other Tips I found:

  • Egg Shells broken up and scattered
  • Human or dog hair around the plants you don’t want them to snack on
  • Cat litter scattered around your garden
  • Old smelly shirts or socks laying beside the plants you don’t want eaten
  • Plant marigolds around the border of your garden
  • Get a cat.
  • LiquidFence or DeFence Rabbit and Deer Repellent

Plants that Rabbits Love2:

FRUITS

  • Blackberries
  • Kiwi
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberry

VEGETABLES

  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cucumbers (Moderate)
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Peppers (Moderate)
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard

The Good News

Once your plants have passed the seedling stage, they are usually safe from rabbit damage.1

Resources:

  • 1http://www.almanac.com/content/rabbits
  • 2http://www.RabbitScram.com
  • 3http://www.wildlife.k-state.edu/p.aspx?tabid=65
  • http://www.bhg.com/advice/gardening/animal-pests/what-can-we-do-about-rabbits-and-other-critters-eaten-the-veg-garden-what-we-can-use-that-is-safe/
  •  http://www.wikihow.com/Keep-Rabbits-out-of-Your-Garden-Organically

Do you have any tips to share?   Please post them below!




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