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RABBITS!!!!

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 08:40

We had the same problem. I am now a reluctant expert, but there is no complete solution. Garden sites tell you to build a fence around the whole place, but that's not always practical.

For those of you who don't know them, rabbits are very destructive. They not only eat vegetables and flowers but they will dig big tunnels beneath beds to get at the roots. And whatever lists you might find of plants they don't like, it only refers to one rabbi's preferenceS. As a species they will go for anything. If they don't like it they will just bite bits off. I planted a lavender hedge and found, one morning, that they had bitten off all the flowers and left them scattered on the path. They have also leaned up against a tree and bitten off the lower branches. 

Here are some things that are useful here.

I have built a fence around the vegetable plot, and one around a small border, which means the things inside are safe. I used half height chicken wire. You don't see it when the plants grow up.

Our raised bed is a metre high.

I use metal hanging basket cages to protect things when they are small and raise them up on bricks to give a few inches more as they grow. They will usually leave larger, older plants alone, it's the young shoots that they go for.

Scrunched chicken wire over seedlings can help.

If there is something you like, plant a lot of it, a rabbit is guaranteed to go for it.

If I think of anything else I'll come back. It is possible to garden with rabbits around, but you need to be on the ball all the time.

Good luck!

 

Conifer mulch

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 17:24

Thank you, Obelixx. I was in Tesco today so I asked for Epsom Salts in the pharmacy. At first they couldn't find any, they were looking for a big box. Eventually they found it, it was in a small plastic bottle - it contains 250gms and cost £2.85!!! However, I'll have ago with it, everything I've read since you mentoined it seems to say that it is a miracle cure for almost everything that ails anything.

 

The pharmacist, by the way, said rather gloomily that they must have cut down the size because they found it could be used in something nefarious. Did you know that you can't get Citric Acid now because it is used to cut drugs? Goodbye Elderflower Cordial.

Conifer mulch

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 11:26

Thank you for that.

 

The topsoil/clay is a weird situation is a weird one. I didn't realise that our garden was different to everyone else's round here for a long time. Some of the plants I brought with me are struggling somewhat - I have a heavy investment in Sequestrene now. Perhaps I should buy shares!

Conifer mulch

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 17:07

I now garden on heavy clay, topped with 18" -24"of topsoil. The clay is acid - everyone else around grows beautiful Camellias and rhododendrons - but the topsoil is quite different, the Camellias I have here are usually on the yellow side. I've tried Sequestrene, which doesn't help much. What would happen if I used almost-2-year old conifer chippings around the Camellias and Rhododendrons to attempt to acidify the soil? They seem quite well established. We've been here for 18 months and they have been here much longer than that.

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