Post by wheelgarden1 on Apr 8, 2018 17:56:01 GMT -5
The wascally things get big around here, some almost big as a beagle. I see Mr. Bugs Bullbunny about sixty feet away, he turns facing me and freezes in a very narrow profile, and says, "You can't see me. I'm invisible now." Indeed, if I hadn't spied him first, I'd have thought he was a stick in the yard.
I feel like Elmer Fudd sometimes.
"Adopt the pace of Nature: her secret is patience." --- Ralph Waldo Emerson
We had a rabbit problem a couple of years ago...the buggers ate my newly planted onions. I know...rabbits don't eat onions. We set up the trail cam and caught them in the act. Since then, a hooty owl has moved in and we don't see many rabbits nowadays.
Gardening like I'm gonna live forever, right here in central Iowa. Posting since 2008. 🍁
Post by desertwoman on Apr 8, 2018 18:42:45 GMT -5
Ours run! I've rabbit proofed as much as I can but there are way too many living around here.-especially since Grace(our 181/2 year old cat) has gone. She hunted and that helped a lot. But she slowed down and basically retired her last couple of years before dying.
Northern New Mexico Zone 6b (formerly Zone 5) Posting since 2005
DW sounds like its time to get a new cat? We have three that hang out around here. I think they just wandered in and decided to stay. We put out some cat food for them. I think they really help to keep the critter population down. Raccoons are a problem here. They like to come in and eat my corn. I found that putting a radio in the corn patch tuned to the local talk station helps.
"I control rabbits with two cage traps and a 410."
I like the 410 method.
I am a beekeeper and the darned masked bandits will come scratch on the front of the hive till the bees come out to fight then sit there and eat bees. I found that a number 3 foot trap set in front of the hive discouraged them.
Post by pepperhead212 on Apr 12, 2018 17:49:49 GMT -5
I just gave my rabbits a dose of peppers under my shed today! I ground up about 8 qts of old peppers from my pantry, using an old FP pn the deck (you would NOT want to do that indoors!). The rabbits learn quickly that it is not a good idea to to get that on their fur! I can't do that out in the garden, but at least this keeps them from breeding under my shed.
Post by lilolpeapicker on Apr 13, 2018 7:58:21 GMT -5
When I lived in an apartment on the other side of the river, rabbits barely ever touched the garden except for early growth. So i learned that and covered what I needed to. There was so much clover they were satisfied. So I planted clover to distract the rabbits when I moved into my house. They apparently weren't related to the rabbits on the other side of the river so instead, had a steady diet of garden choices as well as the clover. I had rabbits up the ring yang. Since I don't have clover anymore the problem though still there is quite a bit less. I live the clover especially for the bees but I gave up.
Have a great gardening day! hoe, hoe, hoe Pea Upstate NY, zone 5
There are three kinds of rabbits that live in this area. None of them have become garden pests though. Perhaps a good pellet gun? I know its likely illegal to use a firearm in many towns or cities, but a pellet gun may be legal, and some of the better ones carry quite a wallop. They will dispatch anything up to the size of a crow. Likely kill a rabbit too if you can hit it in the brain or heart.