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Old 07-06-2019, 10:27 AM
 
Location: The Mitten
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I have a secrete but the problem is I don't know what it is. My neighbors and family always ask me why Rabbits and squirrels don't eat anything out of my 2 vegetable beds that isn't even fenced in. I honestly don't know. Maybe because I have clover around and other material they like and oak trees (acorns)? Is that the trick for you? How about a net? Moth balls?
I have the same problem, lots of squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, and deer, but none of them touch my spinach or marigolds. My yard is fenced in, but it's not 100% fenced. I see deer easily walk through my yard in the winter; I have seen rabbits playing, too.

I do spray my spinach, carrots, tomatoes, marigolds, horseradish, herbs; perennials, and other beneficial plants with a cayenne pepper mix spray or apple cider mix spray that I DIY. I also learned about a Falcon that is perched over my yard, which I would guess eats the smaller varmints.

The spray trick does work pretty well. They do eat some of the plant, but just smelling the cayenne pepper makes them jump back. The Lavender helps with animals too, but mostly bugs, like mosquitos, nats and flies. I have Lemon Balm, Borage, Alyssum and Moonflower, which brings in other insects like butterflies, praying mantis and ladybugs.

My last secret is my garden is literately in the middle of my yard. I know, a weird place to put a garden. However, it gets 8+ hours of sunlight; it looks nice through my back window, and I think being wide open also deters pests.
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Old 07-06-2019, 02:21 PM
 
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By the way, rabbits can squeeze through the rectangular openings in ordinary galvanized wire fences. I've seen them do it.
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Old 07-06-2019, 02:33 PM
 
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By the way, rabbits can squeeze through the rectangular openings in ordinary galvanized wire fences. I've seen them do it.
I've got the 1/4 inch spaced galvanized 'snake' fencing (we have rattlers here too). Ain't no rabbit squeezing thru that. But, I have personally seen them dig/burrow under - so gotta bury it and then patrol your perimeter for holes to plug with rocks.

Pesky varmints.
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Old 07-06-2019, 03:34 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I have a barrier under my garden door for preventing them entering my garden. It used to be a problem. But we have a hawk patrolling in our garden recently, they will take care of the rabbits.
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Old 07-06-2019, 05:54 PM
 
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Yeah, I know they are cute, but they are eating a bunch of my perennials. Anyone have success with any deterrents (sprays or noise makers)?? I have tried a deer/rabbit spray and some powdery stuff that I have spread, but it doesn't seem to do much. They seem to love my coral bells, liriope and some of my annuals this year, but I can always switch to other annuals next year. Would like to keep my perennials, but they are looking a bit rough and it's only July. Thanks for any suggestions....
A bb gun.
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Old 07-06-2019, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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A bb gun.
Or pellet gun, preferably .22 cal.
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Old 07-06-2019, 06:32 PM
 
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Or pellet gun, preferably .22 cal.
Don’t think you can shoot those in a neighborhood can you?
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Old 07-06-2019, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Puna, Hawaii
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Heavy Metal Fudd:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_Vpg7M2t1k
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Old 07-06-2019, 07:32 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Since we’re on the subjects of rabbits, I had a sad job about an hour ago. Though they eat my plants I hate to see them get eaten by a coyote. I buried what (little) was left of him. We had two living under our huge Holly, I guess now it’s down to one.
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Old 07-06-2019, 07:43 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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They get eaten by coyotes here too, otherwise we would be overrun by them.
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