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Apr 19, 2009 11:19 AM

Ideas for discouraging hungry rabbits?

Are there certain plants I can use as a border to discourage the rabbits from eating my young backyard crops? We have a very busy population around here. If really necessary I'll try wire fencing but would prefer not to.


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    Your rabbits will be finding other gardens after this. I bought one specifically for rabbit deterrent and it works.

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    1. re: SQHD

      I used that one when I had a real garden (sigh). It works like magic. My only complaint was accidentally getting soaked when I entered the garden without de-activating the wee thing.

      1. re: emerilcantcook

        Oh, I was good about remembering that it was there... my friends who decided to take a stroll in the backyard were not. :-)

    2. Cats, at my parents house where we grow our garden (I live in an apt., may get one of those upside down tomato plants :P ) we have two killers patrolling the grounds at all times. We even have a dog to patrol the cats. Almost nothing gets eaten.

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      1. re: MattInNJ

        That's funny, I was going to say a Jack Russell terrier will do the trick!

        1. re: MattInNJ

          "Almost nothing gets eaten."

          Except, of course, rabbits.

        2. We planted marigolds around the perimeter to keep the kwazy wabbits out.

          1. We have had success with a product called Liquid Fence. It's made from rotten eggs, no chemicals and stinks! Fortunately the smell can't be detected by humans after a few hours, but apparently varmints can still smell it and they tend to stay away. Otherwise I would suggest feral cats and/or hawks. Jack Russell's are also effective ;)

            1. We had a gopher problem in ouy yard and I used Cayanne pepper that I bought in bulk from COSTCO. It irritated their ability to sniff.

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