There are many problems that you can encounter when growing your own backyard garden. Lack of rainfall, unfavorable temperatures and plant diseases can all play a part in a garden's demise. Rabbits can destroy a garden overnight by eating all your tender vegetables. Fences are a good deterrent to keeping them out, but you must install them properly to prevent rabbits from digging under them.
Dig a trench around your existing garden fence about 6 inches deep. Set the dirt aside to fill back in later.
Measure the perimeter of the fence (all four sides) and cut a piece of 1-inch mesh galvanized fencing the length of the perimeter. Use tin snips to cut the fencing.
Cut the piece of fencing so that it is 2 feet tall. If your perimeter is 16 feet, you will now have a piece of fencing that is 16 feet by 2 feet.
Wrap the galvanized fencing around the outside of the other fence so that it's all the way to the bottom of the fence. Tie it to the other fence with 14 gauge galvanized wire.
Fill the trench back in with dirt. You should now have a rabbit proof garden because rabbits will run into the mesh fence if they try to dig under the above-ground fence.
Rip an old bedsheet into strips approximately 1 ft. long and 4 inches wide. Tie the strips of cloth around tree branches, bushes or garden stakes. As the wind blows the cloth around, the motion startles deer and rabbits, sending them away.
Cut a few pairs of old nylons off at the knees. Fill the foot portion of nylons with dog or human hair; ask your local hair salon for hair remnants swept up that day. Tie the nylon above the hair, and then tie the end around branches, on fences or at the bottom of the garden stakes from Step 1 to serve as scent repellents. Secure the nylon with the hair two to three feet above ground level.
Make a taste repellent for plants and flowers you won't be eating or bringing into the home. Mix 2 oz. of hot sauce with 6 oz. of water in a spray bottle. Spray plants with the hot sauce spray until they're wet. Reapply the taste repellent after each rain or watering.
Run several jalapenos through a food processor with about half a cup of water. Grind the peppers until they are slushy.
Strain the liquid through cheesecloth. Catch the liquid in an airtight container. Throw away the solid material that you catch in the cheesecloth.
Add 2 tbsp. olive oil, ½ tsp. child's craft glue and four drops of liquid soap to the mixture. Shake or swirl it to stir.
Mix a solution of the jalapeno mix and water in the spray bottle. Use a ratio of one to 10. This means if you use ¼ cup of solution, you need 2 1/2 cups of water. Swirl the mixture together, but do not shake it up.
Spritz your flowers with the spray to get rid of rabbits. The peppery, unpleasant mixture will not hurt your flowers but it will keep rabbits out of your garden.
Dig a hole that is at least 1 by 2 feet in an out-of-the-way corner of your yard to use as a compost pit, or prepare a purchased composting bin.
Gather grass clippings, leaves and organic kitchen scraps like vegetable peelings or wilted lettuce, and add it to your compost bin or pit.
Scoop out the rabbit pellets from the litter pan and dump them into your composting bin or pit. If you use natural, biodegradable litter, compost the entire contents of the litter pan.
Use a pitchfork to incorporate the new material into the existing scraps and clippings.
Water your compost until it is moist. Use the pitchfork to mix and turn the materials to ensure all the components are breaking down.
Keep a 5-gallon bucket around to dump the scraps and rabbit manure in, if you are not interested in dumping directly on your pile or in your compost bin every day. Add to and turn your compost pile at least once a week. Add water to it until it begins to retain moisture.
Begin adding compost to your garden once it has broken down into a dark, rich mixture.
Rabbits abhor onions of all kinds, so members of the genus allium tend to be quite rabbit resistant. Although not all species of chive, onion, leek and garlic within the allium family are known for colorful flowers, many have quite attractive blooms. Allium flavum, for example, has bright, delicate yellow bells, while Allium giganteum produces a globe of small, vibrant purple blooms.
Poppies are aromatic and have milky sap, two qualities which, according to the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, make them unappealing to rabbits, deer and other critters. From the pale pastels and papery flowers of Icelandic poppies to the bright colors and large seed pods of oriental poppies, the entire genus of Papaver proves highly rabbit resistant.
Narcissus or daffodils are another bunny-resistant outdoor plant. According to the American Daffodil Society, daffodil bulbs contain poisonous crystals that cause squirrels, rabbits and other pests to avoid these spring-flowering perennials. Daffodils are best known for their loud, shockingly yellow blooms, but a variety of different cultivars exist incorporating orange and white into the color scheme as well.