Friday, May 15, 2009

Bunny Deterrent

You know it's spring when you see bunnies in your garden. But bunnies also mean crop damage in your pea patch. If you're like me and don't have the time or heart to trap and kill the little fluff balls, do what our forefathers did: plant a sacrificial bunny garden. When you look at the plans of many old time gardens, you will see an outer ring of tender, sacrificial green vegetables, like lettuce or spinach.

Being prey animals, rabbits would prefer to creep along in good cover than to cross out into the open.
Nor do they like to be "trapped' inside enclosures, like a fenced garden. So if there is enough to eat on the outside of your garden, the bunnies will almost never go past that outer ring. If you don't want to plant that much around your garden and if you can figure out where the "bunny trail" runs, try offering up some greens along the trail.

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