There is little question that rabbits are cute animals. This is one of the reasons that they are popular household pets. Unfortunately, they can also be pests. While they do not have long life-spans, they reproduce prolifically during that two year period, and in most cases will never leave the ten acre area around their burrows. This means that vegetable gardeners who are having rabbit problems will likely continue to have them until they find solutions. Gardeners who prefer to use non-lethal, green methods to deal with pests still have a variety of options. These include fences as well as humane traps.
One simple way to discourage problem rabbits is simply to plant those vegetables that they do not like. This is one of the more environmentally friendly and humane ways to make your organic garden rabbit resistant. The intention here is that the rabbits will visit your garden and upon finding nothing palatable there, leave. Like most animals, rabbits have certain preferred foods, and others that they would rather not eat, including:
Among the many reasons to grow asparagus in your vegetable garden is its retail cost. It is one of the most expensive produce items in the world. Those who enjoy this tasty vegetable but lack the monetary resources to buy it regularly can satisfy their cravings by growing their own. Unlike most other vegetables typically grown in a home garden, asparagus does require a little patience as it will take two years to harvest if grown from crowns rather than seed; three years if grown from seed. Gardeners will be rewarded with a flavorful vegetable that they can harvest every day for an eight week period every year. Asparagus is rich in Vitamin B6 and is not on the list of the rabbit’s favorite things to eat.
These nightshade tubers are not only easy to grow, but can last for a long time after harvest if stored correctly. They are rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals including a significant amount of vitamin C if consumed with the skin. Potatoes are popular, versatile and may be cooked in many ways. Rabbits are notorious for their love of root vegetables like carrots and beets but are not fond of this tuber and will usually avoid it.
This other member of the nightshade family is often recommended for new gardeners because of how easy it is to grow. Plant them in the right soil and you could be harvesting in as little as 60 days. Bell peppers provide a considerable amount of vitamin C and possess antioxidant properties as well. They may be used in a variety of cooked dishes and may be eaten raw in salads.
The artichoke requires cooler summers and mild winters in order to thrive, which means that it may not be suitable for all parts of the country. However, these vegetables provide large amounts of vitamin C as well as dietary fiber and may be grown in as little as eight weeks. Artichokes are relatively easy to cultivate and one important fact that adds to this is that garden pests like rabbits do not like to eat them.
While technically not a vegetable, it is still usually classified as one by most people, being served in savory dishes and stocked in the vegetable sections of most grocery stores. The tomato is not only relatively easy to grow, it is a healthy and low-calorie food, providing high concentrations of vitamin C and A along with carotenoids which are thought to help reduce the chance of developing cancer. They may be served raw in salads or cooked in sauces and stews. The tomato also has the benefit of being one of the few things that rabbits will not eat, adding to its suitability for a home garden.
It should be noted that there is some variation in what rabbits like depending largely on location. This means that vegetables that are unappealing to the rabbits in one area may be eaten by those elsewhere.
If the above vegetables aren’t to your liking, or are unable to be grown in your area, you may need to look to other natural way to deter rabbits from eating your garden plants. One easy to use alternative is Shake-Away Rabbit Repellent granules.