Keeping Rabbits Out of Vegetable Gardens

A rabbit about to strike. image by By Wildlife Gardener


A vegetable garden is a great addition to any household, and can be created in almost any climate as long as you have the proper equipment to protect the plants in winter. But there are many pests in a vegetable garden, one of the worst being rabbits. There are a number of ways, however, to repel rabbits from your garden. Try them out until you find one that works for you so you can protect your vegetables.

Step 1

Raise your vegetable garden beds anywhere between one and a half to two feet off the ground. This will make it much more difficult for any rabbits to get into the beds, and it will also help decrease their noticeability as well. You can also invest in some garden netting (sold at local gardening stores) to drape over the vegetables, which will help protect the vegetables from foraging rabbits.

Step 2

Sprinkle scents or tastes around the vegetable garden bed that rabbits do not like. Try mixing hot pepper sauce with water (equal parts) and sprinkling it on and around your plants, reapplying after rain.

Step 3

Take it a step further by sprinkling coyote or fox urine around the garden, which are also available at local gardening stores. Once rabbits smell this they will think the predators are nearby and will stop going to your vegetable garden.

Step 4

Plant things around the vegetable garden to deter the rabbits, such as clover or onions. If you plant clover as a border around the garden it will slow down the rabbit, who will eat all the clover rather than the vegetables. You can also plant a couple rows of onions as a garden border, because rabbits do not like onions.

Step 5

Invest and install some motion-detector-activated sprinklers if all else fails. If a rabbit approaches your vegetable garden, the motion detectors will sense it and begin to spray water at it, scaring it away.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden netting
  • Raised beds or planters
  • Coyote or fox urine
  • Hot pepper sauce
  • Water
  • Clover
  • Onions
  • Motion detector sprinklers


  • Controlling Rabbits
  • Protecting Your Garden from Pests
  • Keeping Rabbits Out of Vegetable Gardens
Keywords: vegtable garden pests, getting rid of garden rabbits, repelling rabbit pests

About this Author

Lauren Wise has more than eight years' experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food, wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, including "Runway," "A2Z," "Scottsdale Luxury Living" and "True West." Wise holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Arizona State University.

Photo by: By Wildlife Gardener