Welcome June... And Bad Bunny!

I've been a little lazy about posting on my blog. I've been busy outside...smile. News since we last spoke....Well lets see the rabbits have totally demolished by green beans...grrrrrrr... Some of them I just pulled up..Others I just left in the ground...stripped of their leaves... Some of them have grown a few new leaflets...soooo maybe there salvageable.. But a set back for these little guys at best. This happened after just the day before I vigorously covered the area with chili powder....to no avail...it seems. Last year I tried that and it really seemed to work..This year notttt...Not sure why the change??? The bunnies also started in on my sweet potato vines...I wasn't taking any chances with them. This is the first year I've tried growing sweet potatoes and I really want to give them their best chance..soooo. I put up a little fence around the mound and yippee they havent touched them since....Maybe a fence is the only answer.....This all reminds me of Beatrix Potter tales, and Peter sneaking under the fence...gee a very brave bunny....smile
How to keep the Bunnies at bay....
Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail, who were good little bunnies, went down the lane to gather blackberries. But Peter, who was very naughty, ran straight away to Mr. McGregor's garden, and squeezed under the gate! First he ate some lettuces and some French beans. And then he ate some radishes. And then, feeling rather sick, he went to look for some parsley."-The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix PotterMany of us have dealt with a Beatrix Potter scenario of our own, in which Peter or one of his adorable brethren shows up in the garden, gobbling up crops and then scurrying back down the bunny trail.The average rabbit doesn’t live longer than a year and a half, but they breed like...well, rabbits, a single rabbit producing up to 18 offspring a year. Once they have established themselves in an area, the number of these cuddly pests anxious to visit your garden grows quickly and it doesn’t take long for a vegetable garden to be reduced to vacant lot status once they have discovered the goodies. If you’re already dealing with this fluffy scourge or preventative measures are in order, a few thoughtful steps can be taken to reduce their impact without digging out grandma’s recipe for rabbit stew.Plant Vegetables They HateFew plants are reliably rabbit-proof, but favoring crops they aren’t usually drawn to may send them shopping elsewhere. Good candidates include peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn and squash.Plant Vegetables They LoveIt may seem counter-intuitive to cater to the palate of the pest you’re trying to avoid, but planting rabbit favorites like beans, peas, parsley or rosemary may save your garden...just plant them somewhere else. Cultivating a “decoy” garden nearby (but not too close) may keep them from invading your primary plot.Good Fences Make Good NeighborsA wire fence even just two or three feet high will keep the bunnies at bay. If installing a barrier fence, bury the bottom by trenching down six inches to discourage them from digging their way                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


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