A few weeks back, I reported on the beginnings of our Sweet Pea family garden. We planted a much scaled back version this year, as we are moving next month. Knowing that the moving truck would be coming in late June, we merely planted peas, strawberries and collards this year, all spring crops that we could hopefully harvest before the move. We also planted some annual herbs, but for ease of move, we have kept the herbs in containers, so they can move with us.
(Side note: it was to my great delight that our cilantro came back this spring. Considered an annual herb, it usually needs to be replanted each spring. Much to my surprise, it is growing at a fast pace!)
During the planting of our modest kitchen garden, we happened to read “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.” R had heard the story many times, but for G this was a new tale and he seemed quite distressed that Mr. McGregor would want to catch Peter and (gasp) eat him, merely because poor Peter was trying to eat some dinner in his garden. We’d never had much of an issue with animals destroying our garden, save for a little collard eating last fall, so I commiserated with Peter and G, “I know! Poor little Peter Rabbit!”
However, I am beginning to identify with Mr. McGregor.
The warm spring and abundant rain and sunshine had promoted vigorous growth in our pea plants. R, G, SPH and I loved to peak at the plants every few days and note the tall growth, the proliferation of pea shoots, and the healthy looking vines.
But then…we went from wonderful looking vines, to all of sudden, THIS:
We’d been seeing lots of bunnies in our yard in the early morning hours, so I had a feeling we may have a Peter in our midst. I went to seek to the advice of our friend and neighbor Gill, a wonderful gardener from the UK. She recommended cayenne powder on the leaves of the pea plants, a good, natural repellant for bunnies. R and I giggled at the idea of the bunnies being shocked at the spicy pea leaves and then went ahead with our plan:
This idea worked like a charm until it rained cats and dogs all night and in the early morning the rain stopped. Do you want to guess what happened?
That’s right…the rain washed away all the cayenne, and the bunnies came hopping around in the morning to freshly washed pea plants, just perfect for eating:
Sigh. Better luck next year. Someone told me that you can use human hair, from a hair brush to repel bunnies. I will file that in my gardening tricks file in my brain for next year…or the fall.
Anyone know any other ways to naturally and humanely repel bunnies?