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How to Keep Rabbits Out of Herb Gardens

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Overview

When you plant an herb garden and put your time, dedication and heart into it, it's a shame to let pests such as rabbits turn it into a wasteland. Rabbits love to roam into herb gardens and munch on your herbs, as well as trample other plants. Take a few precautions with your herb garden to help repel rabbits so you can enjoy the rewards of your work.

Building a Barrier

Step 1

Raise your garden beds to keep the rabbits out. Construct a frame with a nontoxic building material, like untreated wood, making the frame at least 18 inches high. It needs to be sturdy enough so when it is filled with soil, it will be sturdy. Screw the boards together at the corners to create a square or rectangular shape.

Step 2

Fill the frame with a good-quality compost and soil mix. Plant or transplant your herbs into this raised bed. A well-constructed raised bed will last for years and the soil can be controlled as if you were growing the herbs in pots.

Step 3

Build a 2-foot high fence around your herb garden, which may require less work then building raised beds and transplanting herbs. Use a measuring tape to measure in a square around your garden.

Step 4

Gather four wooden stakes that measure at least 3 feet long. Bury 1 foot of the stake into the ground at the four corners of your herb garden. Installing the fence below soil level stops rabbits from burrowing underneath it to get to the herbs.

Step 5

Dig an 8-inch trench around the herb garden, and insert the poultry wire into the trenches, wrapping it around the wooden stakes to create a square fence. Backfill the trenches with rocks and the soil, packing it in tightly. Use screws to secure the chicken wire to the wooden stakes, holding the wire in place with at least four screws.

Repelling Rabbits

Step 1

Use garden or anti-animal netting and drape it over the herb garden. To prevent a rabbit from moving it, pin the netting down on the sides with wooden or metal stakes, or place rocks on top of the netting.

Step 2

Apply coyote urine around your herb garden. The scent will deter the rabbits and they will most likely not come back.

Step 3

Combine hot pepper sauce with water in equal parts, and sprinkle it over the herbs, reapplying after rain or heavy watering.

Step 4

Create a thick border of clover, about 4 inches thick, around the herb garden. Rabbits will eat it instead of the herbs, thus filling them up and deterring them from your harvest.

Step 5

Plant a double-row of onions around your herb garden because rabbits don't like these and will move to a different area.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden boards
  • Electric screwdriver and screws
  • Chicken wire with 1-inch mesh
  • 2 wooden stakes, at least 3 feet long
  • Trowel or shovel
  • Soil and compost
  • Garden netting
  • Rocks or metal/wooden stakes
  • Onions
  • Clover
  • Hot pepper sauce
  • Water
  • Coyote urine

References

  • Vegetable Gardener: Keeping Rabbits Out of the Kitchen Garden
  • Gardening Know How: How to Keep Rabbits Out of Gardens
  • Master Gardeners: Keeping Rabbits Out of Your Gardens

Who Can Help

  • Build a Raised Bed
Keywords: keeping rabbits from gardens, repelling rabbits, protecting your herb garden

About this Author

Lauren Wise is a journalism major from Arizona State University with over forty published magazine and media articles and over 400 Web site articles. Wise owns Midnight Publishing with over eight years experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food and wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in magazines including Runway, A2Z, Scottsdale Luxury Living and True West.