Rabbits are no longer welcome in our yard.
It rained a lot last week. Like a cold week of April rain in May. It was weird but it was a good excuse to get things done inside and deal with the stress of the end of the school year.
But one afternoon I got home from work and noticed all the pink roses were laying on the ground at the back of the yard. The roses that were among the plants that I had spent an entire weekend preparing a bed for and planting.
“Wow it must have rained really hard last night to knock all those petals off of the roses”
Then I walked out there and saw this. I guess the stem right under the flower were the tastiest.
And it made me very angry. As in hoping the rabbits were bleeding internally from the thorns. If we did not have a solid six foot fence around our yard, I would have thought that we had a deer problem.
Obviously with the rain, my number one rabbit repelling/killing team was not spending a lot of time outside. Failures.
When it finally stopped raining I went out to spray Liquid Fence to deter them. And I found even more damage. Which made me angrier.
But, I have had success with this product in the past. You have to reapply it every time it rains, which gets really old. And it smells like a mixture of rotten eggs, puke, and toilets. Two reasons why it is not a product that I look forward to using.
I was serious though so it applied it over all non-edible plats while muttering things like “die rabbits die.” And even though the direction of the wind kept changing, dousing me in eau de rotten eggs that took two showers to get rid of, I was satisfied that I had foiled the mangy rabbits. Victory!
The next day I walked over to the vegetable beds and witnessed this.
I refuse to spray liquid fence on the spinach because even if it was suitable for human consumption, I really don’t want my salad smelling or tasting like a toilet. So I spayed some on the dirt in between the rows of spinach in the hopes that it may work. And I laid some chives from my previously overgrown plant around it randomly. Because in my mind, rabbits don’t like the smell of onions. Probably not true, but in my agitation I was not thinking that straight. And it sounded good.
According to my scientific google search, cayenne pepper and human hair also are good repellents. But call me crazy, I again hesitate to put that all over food I hope to eat.
Sigh. So I think we are going to have to make a chicken wire fence around the raised beds to keep them out. As well as to keep out one of the rabbit repellers who has shown a recent affinity for strawberries fresh from the plant.
Fence….Ugly? Yes….but probably will be necessary.
Because I will win this war one way or another.