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How to Stop Rabbits from Eating Your Plants

Nothing’s more frustrating than watching rabbits treat your vegetable garden like their private salad bar. Here’s a novel way to protect your greens.

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A lettuce plant with skewers to keep bunnies away

A barricade made of skewers will keep rabbits from eating your garden. Image: Lisa Kaplan Gordon for HouseLogic

If rabbits are ravaging your vegetable garden, you’ll love this tip on building a bunny barricade that we learned about from some gardeners in Fargo, N.D.:

Place wooden shish kebab sticks at various angles around your greens to form a threatening, spiky barrier that discourages those waskely wabbits.

If you’re worried that “bunny kebabs” seem too harsh, our Fargo friends say no rabbits appear to have been harmed. Damage so far: one broken stick. Rabbits appear to be avoiding them instead of trying to go around them. But here are some other options to protect your garden from pests.

  • Spray a repellent solution of Tabasco sauce and water (1 tablespoon Tabasco/1 gallon of water) on your garden plants. Rabbits don’t like the taste of hot sauce. Protect your eyes when spraying, and wash your hands.
  • Erect a 2-ft. fence around rabbit-appealing veggies, like lettuce, peas, beans, and beets.
  • Pour coyote, fox, or wolf urine, available at garden centers, around the edge of your garden. Rabbits will stay away if they think a predator is nearby.
  • Slice a bar of deodorant soap into slivers and place them around the perimeter of your garden. Rabbits don’t like the smell of soap and won’t cross the line.

Got any rabbit tales or tips to share?

lisa-kaplan-gordon Lisa Kaplan Gordon

is an avid gardener, a member of the Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, and a builder of luxury homes in McLean, Va. She’s been a Homes editor for Gannett News Service and has reviewed home improvement products for AOL. Follow Lisa on Google+.

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