How can I keep rabbits out of the garden?
I’ve gotten into gardening the last couple of years, and I planted a massive veggie garden in hopes of growing a bunch of my food! However, every morning I find the lettuce has been nibbled on—it’s incredibly frustrating. How do I keep rabbits out of my garden?
Answer provided by
- Add physical barriers: Rabbits can hop, so a picket fence isn’t going to do the trick. Use chicken wire with 1” or smaller mesh to create a fence around the garden. Keep in mind that rabbits dig, so bury the fence in the ground. Motion-activated sprinklers are also an excellent option to send them running.
- Protect individual plants: If you have certain plants that are a rabbit target, protect them with wire or mesh or plant cages.
- Plant rabbit-proof plants: If you can’t put up a fence, planting rabbit-proof plants is your next best bet. Rabbits don’t like plants with strong scents—basil, garlic, rhubarb, hot peppers, mint, and spicy basil. Sometimes marigolds work, too.
- Make a spray: There are plenty of recipes online, but generally, they include a few ingredients that deter rabbits—cayenne pepper, garlic powder, pure castile soap, and water. Pour it into a spray bottle and spray plants rabbits usually nibble on.