Is there a natural way to discourage rabbits from eating your garden? : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) Preparation Forum : One Thread

Like could I put out tobacco or something like that to make the rabbits feel lousy about eating our food?

-- Mara Wayne (, September 11, 1999


I let my dog run loose and she keeps all rabbits out of the garden. I have never had a problem with rabbits in the garden, but we do have lots of rabbits around the edge of the yard.

-- chicken farmer (chicken-farmer@, September 11, 1999.

I have never had a rabbit problem in our garden, in our clover patch yes, but not in our garden. Maybe it is because our dog has the run of the place and the garden is too far from the woods and the rabbits do not feel safe being that far from the woods with our dog around.

-- chicken farmer (chicken-farmer@, September 11, 1999.

I've heard that marigolds around the perimeter will help to keep rabbits away. Don't know why. Fencing works but they will dig under it so you need to dig a trench about 9 inches deep, put the chicken wire in it and pack the ground back in real hard. If these don't work, is a bullet natural? Just kiddin. I'm a vegetarian.

-- (, September 11, 1999.

I don't know how "natural" it is, but when I was little the neighbor lady used moth balls to keep the rabits out of her flower bulbs. Maybe a couple in a can so they could smell them might do it.

-- marsh (, September 12, 1999.

My husband put an electric fence around my garden. He ran one wire about all the way around about four inches off the ground, and a second wire about 4" above the first wire. He used a solar electric fencer. It worked great. We had a major problem with rabbits until he did this. A few times I looked out the window and saw rabbits sitting a few feet back from the garden - staring at it!!

-- Nancy K (, September 12, 1999.

If you have the teeth of an omnivore then it's quite natural for you to eat those rabits.The universe is constantly devouring itself,enjoy.

-- zoobie (, September 12, 1999.

I just naturally get out the .410 and just naturally shoot them, naturally dress them and eat them, naturally. But seriously folks (as the old time comedians use to say) rabbits are a source of protein in the event that y2k goes down bad.

-- Lumber Jack (, September 12, 1999.

My friend told me a story about opening up a dead rabbit and finding live worms. (YUCK!)

-- Mara Wayne (, September 12, 1999.

We read that spreading human hair around the perimeter of the garden would work - we've done it for the last two years and it's worked for us! Got it from a fellow gardener who has a barber shop.

-- Jill D. (, September 12, 1999.

The bunnies were eating my Columbine this Spring. I read that dog hair around the plant would keep them away.

I tried it, & it worked!

I put the hair under the foilage where it wasn't visable.

-- Deborah (, September 12, 1999.

Saw a T-shirt the other day - "In prehistoric times the word vegetarian meant: BAD HUNTER"

-- It All Tastes (Just@like.chicken), September 12, 1999.

My father's family are Downeaster Maine folk and I've spent a lot of time camping on Mt. Desert Island and thereabouts. Friends who own homes with huge gardens up there use the mothballs sprinkled freely throughout their gardens and it keeps not only rabbits but also deer from eating their produce. Another thing rabbits shun is marigolds, which is why I planted them on my father's grave up there. Planted around the perimeter of a garden discourages four-legged "visitors."

-- Elaine Seavey (, September 13, 1999.

Natural way to discourage rabbits from eating your garden ?

Sure. Number 1, lead in .22 caliber. Number 2, a beagle dog.


-- urth (, September 13, 1999.

We had the same problem. The answer was a nice, natural FENCE. Wire mesh with openings too small for rabbits to get through. We got it about 5 feet high and it discourages deer, too. Deer can jump that , yes, but when there is other stuff to eat they just don't bother. Before the fence, the deer just browsed their way through the place.

-- Shivani Arjuna (, September 13, 1999.

Chicken wire!

-- flora (***@__._), September 13, 1999.

You might try blood meal, the smell of dried blood discourages a lot of animals like deer and rabbits. It is also good for your garden.


-- Beth (, February 05, 2000.

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