How to Protect Your Garden From Rabbits Naturally

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Protect a garden from rabbits naturally by sprinkling cayenne pepper around the flower bed to discourage pests from coming near. Use strong-smelling spices to deter animals from eating flowers with plant tips from a sustainable gardener in this free... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment, we're going to talk about how to protect your garden from rabbits naturally. Now when I lived in Portland, we had a big community garden. And one of the neighbors got a little bunny rabbit for Easter and decided that he didn't want it for a pet and let it loose into our garden. And the next thing I knew there was 8 little bunnies running around in the garden eating everything and they loved my Casablanca lilies the most out of all of my lilies, the most expensive lilies was their first choice. And so I didn't know what to do and I was really upset about and I didn't, you know, I don't want to hurt them. And they have a right to live there, too. So an easy trick that worked so well for me is I got a big jar of cayenne pepper. And you can use Tabasco, red hot chili pepper, curry, onion powder any type of strong spice. And I sprinkled the whole bed with the Cayenne pepper and they never messed with that bed from that day on. In fact, they must have told all the other bunnies in the neighborhood because none of them really came into that area of the garden after that. And even a year after that, I never really noticed them. They'd hang out in the little bushes around and here and there, I'd catch them, but by putting the cayenne pepper, right on the beds, they quit coming and digging things up. You can try bark dust or those little shells that hurt their feet. You can put a little layer of that or people tell me acorns, or wood or nutshells works really well because they don't want to dig through that either. But in the end, I found any type of spice works really well. And that way you're not hurting them and they'll still have a place to live. And a lot of times they will move on and they will find somebody else's yard to do damage in.