Rabbit wars

Those cute, cotton-tailed little brush-dwellers have taken a liking to my lettuce bed.

This means war.

Just a few weeks ago, lettuce, spinach, arugula, kale, and mesclun greens were thriving, not a care in the world:

Pre-rabbit greens

Lettuce, spinach, and mizuna before they became the rabbit buffet.

Now, only sad little stumps remain:

Rabbit damage

Rabbit damage

What’s an urban gardener with a McGregorian dilemma to do?

Peter Rabbit

“First he ate some lettuces and green beans, and then he ate some radishes.” -Beatrix Potter

1. Hair technique – last weekend I cut my husband’s hair and sprinkled it around – and in – the garden beds. Some folks say the scent of human hair deters rabbits and other pests. I’m not so sure it’s working, though.
2. Cayenne pepper – the method of sprinkling cayenne pepper also has quite a following. I’ll try this next.
3. Mesh fencing – last resort, but I think we’ll have to resort to this. I found some handy tips on vegetablegardener.com.

What do YOU think? Any tips or techniques for preventing rabbit damage?


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