It’s springtime and you’re planning your garden. You decide on which colors you want this year, how to organize your vegetables, and look forward to the aromatic fragrance of the herbs. Then, you remember last year: rabbits. While they were fluffy and adorable, they decided to make your garden their own Sweet Tomatoes franchise.
Protecting your garden from the destructive habits of these beautiful creatures can be daunting. While there are many products out there which profess to keep rabbits at bay, they aren’t all done in a humane manner. If you are searching for a cruelty-free direction to go, here are some alternatives you may want to consider.
Raised Bed Garden
Raising the temptation off of the ground is a great option. If you have issues with your back or knees, this makes gardening easier to do and is an added benefit to you. You can either build one or purchase a kit at your local outdoor home improvement store.
If the size of your garden is such that a traditional raised bed will not suffice, consider mounding the dirt higher on each row. Sloping of the dirt does make it more difficult for rabbits to reach their prize. You can also make the paths between the rows narrower in order to make it less negotiable for them.
Plant a Natural Border
There are a few plants available that serve to stave off rabbits. Rosemary, marigolds and rhododendrons are three to choose from as a natural barrier around your garden. Simply plant them on the perimeter of the garden to act as a fence. This protects while still giving a visual appeal to your design.
This is certainly a traditional way to go, but there are some things to remember when wanting to remain humane with this choice. Skip the electric fencing and go with a chicken wire fence. Make sure that it’s at least two or three feet tall and the holes are one inch wide, as a larger sized hole will allow the rabbit to stick his head in and potentially get stuck. Dig a trench about three to six inches deep around your garden. Bend the wire on one end in a right angle. That end is then placed into the trench with the bent side out. This deters any diggers from getting under the fence.
Plant a Decoy Garden
Instead of focusing on evicting your furry visitors from your property completely, embrace their presence and plant a garden exclusively for them. Make sure you put it far enough away from your main garden. Fill the garden with their choice favorites. Clover, tall grass, wild flowers and dandelions will attract them to the decoy, allowing your main vegetation ignored. This can even be a garden your children will enjoy maintaining, while giving them another source of interaction with Nature’s wonderful creatures.