Well, actually, this is a story about my reactions to Peter Rabbit—and thousands of his relatives who shall remain nameless. Rabbits are definitely an issue in my garden. They have caused so much death and destruction (to plants, of course) that I no longer consider them the cute, cuddly critters of my childhood.
I refuse to trap them or kill them. (I’m not that industrious or that mean.) But I've tried everything under the sun to repel them from my plants, including:
- Hot pepper spray (don’t worry; I don’t use this anymore);
- Shavings of scented soap (nope, I don’t try this much anymore either);
- Human hair (yuck, this does seem to work, but it’s gross);
- Used cat litter (again, this is disgusting); and
- A list of many more organic, unharmful repellents that is too long to list here.
When it comes right down to it, none of these remedies works for very long because they either decompose quickly, wash away with the rain, or they're just too stinky and disgusting to continue for very long.
So, a few years back I realized the only humane and safe way to deal with rabbits was to erect strong chicken-wire fences with foundations deep under the soil. But who wants chicken wire around all the garden plants?
The best solution is to choose plants that rabbits don’t like, including:
Take that, Peter Rabbit and friends!
(The funny thing is, rabbits were visiting my front porch earlier today making their presence known…)
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