Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Bunny Wars - Soft and Easy!

So, it's obvious, the little voles can't be eating ALL the green that's going down, and the evidence >>>

leads me to believe they are teaming up with the rabbits. It appears that the voles eat the roots and stems, and the bunnies eat everything from the ground up! It is so frustrating!!!

Now, don't get me wrong - I love the bunny rabbits, I mean, who wouldn't love these cute things???

(bunny photos courtesy of Flickr)

Awwwwwwwwww, aren't they sweet!?! Of course they are, and I love them! For two summers I fed and watered babies who were living under our hedge. The hedge is gone, but the bunnies aren't, and that's fine, because I know a secret!

The secret is this - rabbits will NOT cross a white line - HONEST! So, I put some flour (the baking kind) in a bottle and draw circles around my tender plants, like this >>>

I've used this method in years past, and it works! The bunnies love my lemon verbena when it's young and tender, but once it's toughened up a bit, they don't bother it, so it's just a matter of drawing my little circles with flour (or cornmeal or corn starch, or whatever you have) and they eventually get washed away with the rain. In the meantime the bunnies stay away from the plants, and I don't get angry at them. And I wouldn't want to get angry with the bunnies, now would I???

The voles, well, they are another matter entirely!


Anonymous said...

I did get your email about that, but haven't tried it yet. But, don't you know I will be! The rabbits ARE so cute but around my house they are fed too well! They get HUGE! They'll not be eating on my garden this year, though. I'm definitely going to try this.

By the way, I can't help but find your gardening stories quite funny. I can just picture you sitting out in your bushes in your yard/garden one evening, all Rambo'd out with the camo clothes and the black stuff on your face, just waiting on a vole or rabbit to pop up so you can give them what for! Quite a hilarious picture in my mind! Seems like there was a comedy show on TV one time about somebody doing that sort of thing. If not, it would make a funny one! I totally understand your frustrations, so don't get me wrong, but this is just how my brain works, always trying to make a comedy out of things! (You're picturing it yourself right now, though, aren't you?!? Ha ha!)

Good luck with the vole/bunny war! But please, stop just short of purchasing any camo clothes for a night surveilance!


Lori E said...

Well I have been gardening for many years and I have never heard that one. Won't cross a white line you say? I guess the term Dumb Bunny might be true. Now if we can fool the deer we will really be on to something big.

calicodaisy said...

That's so interesting. We have lots of bunnies, too, and we think they are so cute. However, we don't have a veggie garden to worry about.

K-Sue said...

I have never heard of that. But don't bunnies cross the road? I guess they slip between the dashes.

Kelee Katillac said...

Good advice!! Love the bunnies too!

Tara said...

What a great idea, I had no idea that bunnies wouldn't cross a white line..u are crafty!! Happy Thursday!