Peter Rabbit Can Suck It!

Peter Rabbit Suck it

 

 

Oh, I feel Amy’s pain because our new house is hoppin‘ with rabbits!

I mentioned in my post about cleaning up my new garden, that we have something like 3,423,349,342 rabbits in our neighborhood. At least three of those have been in my garden.

I can tell they’ve been in my garden based on two things, 1) something ate all the leaves off my green bean plants, and 2) I caught the little farts red-pawed twice, sitting in the corner of my garden when I came out to pet my plants. Yes, I pet my plants – the leaves – and whisper sweet-nothin’s to them. Especially after those rabbits have been in there terrorizing them.

The first rabbit I found was absolutely tiny and precious and could have fit in the palm of my hand, which also meant it could get into the tiniest of cracks in my garden fence, so even though it was super-duper cute, I hated it. So I went to work enclosing my entire garden in chicken wire. I had already wrapped wire around each individual tomato plant, but that didn’t protect my beans.

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The small crack in the fence the tiny rabbit was getting in. I took care of that!

The previous owners had put some metal fencing along the base of the cedar fence surrounding the garden, but it clearly wasn’t enough. So I added chicken wire. The problem is that I can’t get the chicken wire to stay in place because I haven’t been able to locate our staple gun since we moved to our new house and I’m too much of a wuss to ask the neighbors to borrow theirs.

Since I couldn’t get anything less than a floppy fence, that the rabbits probably used as a spring board to launch themselves into my garden, I decided to try a liquid attack.

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My floppy, springboard chicken wire fence that’s totally going to keep the rabbits out.

I decided to a try a recipe I found on Pinterest for Frugal Homemade Organic Rabbit RepellentOther recipes called for urine, but I was not about to pee in a milk jug.

This recipe required water, crushed garlic, dish soap and red pepper flakes. But as is typical with my gardening, I didn’t have all the ingredients (red pepper flakes) and therefore did a half-a$$ job with it, just like removing the phallic fungus from my garden. So I improvised with Tabasco sauce and cayenne pepper – I’m sure that’s the same, right?  I mixed it all up and let it sit out in the sun for three days so all that good spicy crap could meld together and offend those fur balls.

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The Offender of Fur Balls

On the third day, I brought my melded Offender out as the neighbor was coming out of her house.

Neighbor: “Oh, did you make up something good to drink?”

Me: “Um…no, this is rabbit repellent.”

“Oh, well I haven’t seen many other than that little one…” (Haven’t seen many? They’re freaking everywhere!) “…but Charley [the dog] got it. I try to get rid of them different ways, but he got it before I saw what happened.”

One down, 3,423,349,341 to go.

I poured the Offender on anyway because I knew there were other rabbits. The next two days (before I had fully enclosed the garden in chicken wire) I came out and found Giant Bunny Foo-Foos hopping in my garden! But the beans were okay. It seems they were eating my dead plants awaiting their trip into the compost bin.

But to keep my furry foes from being tempted, I finished “circumfrencing” the garden with chicken wire. I resembled a mad scientist with my clothes sweat-stained, face flushed, hair askew, as I unraveled wire, hammered in ground stakes, and splashed Offender hither and yon.

But, it seems that the spicy melded offensive liquid combined with my semi-reinforced floppy springboard chicken wire fence is working. I’m currently successful with keeping rabbits out of my garden. Woo-hooo!!!

Then this morning I saw a chipmunk run across the freaking lawn. GAAAHHHH!

So, how do you keep rabbits out of your garden? 

 

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10 thoughts on “Peter Rabbit Can Suck It!

  1. funnyisfamily

    In addition to our bunnies, we now have a hedgehog. My neighbor with the lush, gorgeous garden says she uses some crushed chrysanthemum something that keeps her critters away. I haven’t tried it, because the store is WAY OVER THERE. Thanks for sharing my tweet!!

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  3. lisanewlin

    I can picture you trying to put that chicken wire up and cursing it the whole time! My advice? Get a dog. They’ll chase those little guys right out!

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  4. SmackOfHam

    We have a small garden and have found more problems with our three year old eating our berries and picking our peppers than with critters. Maybe your concoction will keep her away…

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  5. Ariel Bernstein

    I used to like dear until we moved to a house where they like to come hang out in our backyard. I’m sure I’d similarly change my opinions of rabbits if they also became daily visitors! I wish I had some rabbit repellant advice but I can say this was a very funny post to read 🙂

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  6. Alea Milham (@AleaMilham)

    My husband says that if fictional characters came to life most men would worry about their wives running off with Mr. Darcy, but that he would worry about me running off with Mr. McGregor. In my defense, we have herds of rabbits roaming our property and Mr. McGregor does have an awfully nice garden. 🙂

    I think Tabasco sauce and cayenne pepper sound like wonderful additions to the rabbit deterrent recipe. Thanks for linking my post.

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