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How to Stop Rabbits From Eating Vegetable Plants

By Kenneth Coppens ; Updated September 21, 2017

Rabbits are notorious for getting into vegetable gardens and destroying plants. Even if they find a vegetable they don't like, it won't prevent them from sampling every other vegetable on the same plant. To keep them out of your garden, it is best to use elements that bring their natural instincts into play. Rabbits like to feel safe and want to do as little work as possible for their food, so if you can take that away from them, they will no longer be a problem in your garden.

Sprinkle dried blood, animal urine and animal hair around your garden. Rabbits have a keen sense of smell and will flee the area if they think a predator is nearby. All of these products are available at most garden supply stores.

Sprinkle red pepper flakes around all of your plants. When the rabbits get a taste of the hot peppers, they will likely move on.

Put a fence around the garden. A simple chicken wire fence is enough to keep the rabbits out. To do this, dig a 4-inch-deep trench around the perimeter of the garden. Put a wooden stake in each corner. Wrap the chicken wire as tightly as you can around the stakes. Fill in the trenches with the soil to secure the fence in place. Rabbits are more likely to dig beneath a fence than jump over it, so it is important to have part of it buried.

Grow plantain weed in another section of your yard if the previous steps are unsuccessful. Rabbits would rather eat this than go through the trouble of hopping over a fence to get food.


Things You Will Need

  • Dried blood
  • Animal urine and hair
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Shovel
  • Chicken wire
  • Wooden stakes

About the Author


Kenneth Coppens began his freelance writing career in 2008. His passions in life consist of extensive personal research on food, gardening and finding natural and eco-friendly alternatives to nearly all aspects of life.