It’s early spring and all the plants are leafing out with fresh, tender new leaves. The garden is looking green, healthy, and plump with lush juicy flower buds all ready to bloom in a matter of weeks. I’m ready for the spring flower show!
And then I see it! Leaves and buds eaten off some of my rose bushes and lily plants and other flowering plants. I know it’s not the deer, because I fenced my garden just to keep them out. But then I notice that the leaves and buds that are eaten are all at 2 feet and below. I wondered what the heck is going on?
This was not just happening to me but to my other friends too. My friend Devi casually mentioned that something is eating the leaves and buds on her miniature roses (and she had 100s of buds on those little bushes). My friend Georgina told me with frustrations that her fava beans on her bean plants had gotten eaten up and some leaves on her other veggie plants too. We thought maybe it is snails, as they can do a lot of damage. But we kept going back to our original villain of the garden – deer! We think the deer are the cause of all our garden woes!! But both of us have fenced our gardens to keep these deer out, so we were both confused.
So I did some research and as it turns out – it’s rabbits!! Cute looking bunny rabbits that are eating all our freshly leafed out plants.
It’s maddening to know that these adorable little animals with their white puffs of a tail can cause so much damage to the garden. I now completely understand the frustration that Mr. McGregor felt when Peter Rabbit came into his garden to eat his vegetables. Maddening!! This is the Peter Rabbit story I remember reading to Sri when she was little. I dug up the book to share with you the story that I felt I was living in reality.
I passed this knowledge about rabbits being the culprits in our gardens to Georgina. She found it hard to believe that those cute little animals were eating her veggies, especially as they are so small and the plants were eaten all the way up to 2 feet. I told her they stand on 2 feet and reach up to eat what they want. She shook her head, I don’t know if she believed me. But then she saw the culprit in action for herself- a cute bunny actually eating her veggies!! It was so funny to hear her tell me the story, “Dolly, I was at my kitchen window and right in front of me I see a fuzzy white round tail and then I see leaves moving, and then I see this bunny rabbit eating my veggie plants, right in front of me!” I responded “I told you it’s those darn bunnies!” Georgina watched the rabbit eating her plants and then scurry off into a corner of her fence onto her neighbor’s property. She decided to close that gap in that corner thinking it would prevent the rabbit from coming back, but they came back all right! Found a way by burrowing a tunnel under the fence, and finished off the rest of her fava beans! Just like Peter Rabbit!
Bunny rabbits are tall when they are on two feet. And the litle ones eat all the low growing leaves.
I caught my little culprit in action this year! Don’t worry we didn’t hurt him; we just released him onto a park a few miles from us. But honestly, how do you keep something so small out of your garden? Just like Peter Rabbit, they can squeeze through any gap and come in and do damage to your garden. But I won’t give up! I love my flowers and veggies too much to let this little guy win.
My garden culprit!
I didn’t want to hurt these adorable animals. So l figured out a more humane way to deal with this dire situation. You can either put some chicken wire netting surrounding the plants so the rabbits are unable to eat through the netting, or you can look for some organic medicine that you can spread on your garden. I did choose to net some of my plants, you can do that if you have small grouping of plants that are getting eaten. Just wrap the chicken wire lightly around that section of plants, and that should protect them for a while until the rabbits move on to some other garden.
It is impossible for me to net the entire garden, so I chose the medicine option for some parts of it. Hitesh picked up some cougar urine/fox urine concoction spray or powder that you can spread all over your garden. The smell that is released makes the rabbits think there are predators on the property and keeps them away. It worked last year for a little while, at least until the plants got taller and the buds were too high for the rabbits to reach. But then who knows, maybe the bunnies have gotten smarter this year; and just like Peter and Benjamin Rabbit, they may elude me and continue to cause their carnage on my garden.
The poor deer are relegated to second tier enemies of the garden now. It’s the bunnies that have taken over that top spot on the garden’s most wanted enemies list! The war continues between the gardener and the rabbit!
Most Wanted! On the Garden’s Most Wanted Enemies List!
Bunnies, they are not so cute as you think!
10 thoughts on “Bunny Rabbits: Not As Cute As You Think.”
What an entertaining story. Loved it! Bunnies are cute but you are right, they eat everything in the garden.
I know! I am still fighting the bunnies this year, but I’m not giving up on my garden!
I can’t believe my wife is a rabbit hunter…save the bunnies!
I’m vegetarian, I’m not a rabbit hunter, I said I would just pretend there are predators on our garden so they stay away.
Tell me about it 🙂 They need to add deer to the list 🙂 Georgina
Deers love Water in Swimming Pools and are attracted to ” Smoke ” coming from Barbecue Grills . I see them all the time in Dharini’s back garden . Bunnies – how nicely you have illustrated the story with Pictures and a Narrative . Bunnies are specially significant for their Easter debuts – A sign of Fertility as well as Purity specially the White Rabbits . Keep writing Kalps – you are a prolific writer among many other talents you have . Vinatha aunty .
Dear Kalpana, I have read all your blogs and I keep looking forward to more. I am grateful to Basanthi for inspiring you to blog. Instead of all of us enjoying your stories and gifts individually, we now get the opportunity to do so collectively. BTW, I love the idea of Surrey Farms. Having lived in Guildford, Surrey in the UK for several years, it certainly resonates. I also saw the recent shout out to Ghana, nice! Thank you for your love and generosity. We love you right back. Much love Stella.
Thank you Stella for your kind words of encouragement. It is much appreciated! I am so happy to hear that you are enjoying the blog posts. My intent is to make my stories relatable to all my friends and family, and as long as you are enjoying reading them – that is the best feedback I can ge! Thank you so much for leaving your comment! Love Kalpana
They are awfully cute but I’m with you all the way! Very clever weaving in Peter Rabbit’s story – well done!😜 Happy Easter!🐰 XOXO
Oh how I loved reading Peter Rabbit stories to Sri when she was little. I loved the illustrations by Beatrix Potter, they were always so colourful and I loved how Mr. McGeggors garden was always full of vegetables. I had to figure out a way to use those illustrations on my post on bunnies – glad you like 🙂