How To Build A Rabbit Proof Vegetable Garden

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Step 1: Choose a site for your garden. Select a place in your yard that is far away from areas where rabbits congregate, such as hedges and shrubbery.

Step 2: Create barriers around the garden bed. Use materials such as plastic mesh, chicken wire, wood boards or metal fencing to form a wall around the outer perimeter of the garden bed. Make sure the fence is at least 2 feet high and buried at least 6 inches below ground level, so rabbits won’t be able to tunnel underneath it.

Step 3: Cover the top of your fence with plastic netting or other protective material if needed for added security. Secure it firmly in place with staples or clips so that the netting stays intact even when exposed to strong winds.

Step 4: Add a layer of mulch over the soil in your garden bed to prevent rabbits from eating newly planted seedlings. You can use straw, bark chips or any other organic material for this purpose.

Step 5: Plant rabbit-proof plants in your garden bed. Certain plants are too hardy or too pungent for rabbits to chew on, so you should focus on these types of plants when designing your vegetable garden. Examples include lettuce, cabbage and kale.

Step 6: Protect individual plants within the garden by wrapping them with chicken wire or bamboo stakes wrapped in plastic netting if they need extra protection against determined pests.

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When installing plant protectors, it’s important to choose the right type of protector for your particular garden. There are a few different types of protectors that can fit a variety of sizes and styles of gardens. For example, chicken wire is a great option for most vegetables. This type of fencing requires holes to be drilled in the ground and the fencing put into place. The fencing should run at least 3 feet above the ground and be installed in waves along the garden – think forming a dome shape rather than walls that block rabbits from getting too close to your plants.

Comesets are another type of protecting you can use – these come pre-made and rather than wiring it together, each panel is connected by screws or bolts for easy installation. Each panel is made up of strong mesh that runs one foot high and is placed side-by-side around your garden to form an enclosure.

Once you have your protectors installed, it’s important to remember some key maintenance tasks in order to keep them functioning properly and long lasting. Make sure to check regularly on the condition of all plant protectors, especially after rain or storms as they may need reapplication or additional adjustments due to shifting soil etc. Additionally, ensure there are no openings anywhere within the enclosure that could allow potential pests such as rabbits access into your veggies!

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One way to protect a vegetable garden from rabbits is to use companion planting. Companion planting utilizes the natural abilities of different plants to help protect the vegetable garden in different ways. Some plants, when grown together, can deter pests such as rabbits. For example, garlic and onions have an unpleasant smell that repels many animals, including rabbits. Other types of plants may physically block the entrance of a rabbit or provide cover for beneficial insects that may prey on small mammals like rabbits. Additionally, choosing supportive or tall-growing plants can be a powerful barrier for larger-bodied animals. Marigolds are particularly good companions for many vegetables since their volatile oils repel rabbits that may feed on nearby vegetation. Rabbit proofing can also be accomplished in combined with other methods such as fencing and certain natural repellants available at most home and garden centers.

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Mulching is a great way to keep rabbits away from your vegetable garden. Mulch can be organic or inorganic, but organic mulch is much more effective because it provides natural scent and texture barriers that will help deter rabbits. Consider adding a two to three-inch layer of hay, straw, or grass clippings around your plants. Applying the mulch regularly throughout the growing season can help provide strong preventative protection against rabbits. Avoid using fine bark chips for mulching as these may cause moisture issues in hot climates and small pieces can actually become appetizing treats for hungry bunnies!

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Pest Control:
When it comes to keeping rabbits out of a vegetable garden, it is important to implement an effective pest control plan. One way to do this is by fencing off the entire garden or just the border. Fences should be well-maintained and high enough that rabbits will not be able to climb over them. Mesh fencing that is buried below ground at least 8 inches deep can also be used as an effective barrier against rabbits.

In addition, motion activated sprinklers or sound devices can help deter rabbits from entering your garden area. Repellents may also work if applied regularly and refreshments such as commercial chemicals or home-made solutions could also be tried. Plants grown in containers within the boundary of the fenced area are less likely to attract pests; use of raised beds made with rabbit-proof materials can prove beneficial as well.

Spotting Rabbit Activity:
Rabbits leave behind droppings and tracks when they enter a vegetable garden, so you should keep an eye out for any signs of activity – including footprints, burrows, piles of droppings, gnawed bark on trees or shrubs, or damage to plants from being eaten by them. Rabbits like to eat grasses and other leafy vegetables; crops exposed directly on the surface will become prime targets of their feeding as well. If there is any indication that rabbits are active in your garden, investigate further so that appropriate measures can be taken quickly before more harm can done.

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Treatment of Other Pests:
It is important not to neglect other pests that may inhabit a vegetable garden including native wildlife like skunks and squirrels along with moles, voles, chipmunks and birds such as crows and starlings who may destroy young plants while looking for food in the soil beds. To treat these animals humanely, traps baited with fruits/vegetables should be placed around the edge of the garden or near possible entry points. Use strong fences if available – chicken wire embedded 6 inches into ground all around will prove quite useful while dealing with rodents – placement of repellent sprays may also help repel these animals away from gardens although this should always be done safely (according to instructions) due to potential health hazards associated with mishandling certain substances or overuse etc…

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Building a rabbit proof vegetable garden requires focused attention and care. Start by building a fence around the outside perimeter of your garden with poles, mesh, chicken wire, or welded-wire fencing, making it at least 24 inches tall with an outward slant so rabbits can’t go over. Then add a layer of protective netting that will block the chickens from getting in and snacking on your plants. To further deter rabbits from entering the garden directly, landscape changes like sprinkling fox urine all around the border can help ward them off as well. You can also choose to use motion activated sprinklers which will be triggered whenever a rabbit enters the range. Finally, types of plants that are less palatable to rabbits may be beneficial selections such as roses, perennial herbs or summer savory plants.

Additional resources to learn more include publications from Purdue Extension: “Home Gardeners: How To Discourage Pest Animals” or “Rabbit Control Methods in the Home Garden” which provide tips on preventing damage caused by rabbits. Additionally, checking out local gardening centers in your area to see if they offer products like repellent sprays or specialized fences can make protecting your garden easier and more effective.

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