I was so proud of my perennial garden
this year. Not only did all of the plants
actually come up, but when I planted new ones, the blooms complimented one another perfectly. Then that furry little critter appeared....
Contrary to popular belief, it is not cute to have a resident rabbit. First, our little friend ate my mystery plant -- the one it ate last year, and now it's been so long I can't remember what it is (other than delicious, apparently).
Next, it systematically broke off each stem of my apricot-colored yarrow, to nibble at the blooms. Frustration began to set in....
We read all of the tips
: sprinkle urine or human hair around your plants to repel the cotton-tailed fiend; put up a fence (which was not an attractive option for this particular garden); put mothballs around the perimeter of the beds; try planting marigolds
What finally sounded like it just might work was a taste repellent, since Bunnykins surely loved to eat. We sprayed its favorite snacks down with a capsicum solution -- essentially concentrated hot peppers. So far, so good.
The science behind the capsicum solution
is mixed, though, and only seemed to work in the studies when another food choice was present. So is it really working, or did our rabbit already have its fill of my perennials? All I know is that there's been no more damage to my plants.
Have you found a humane solution to keep your hungry rabbits out of your gardens?