Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter – the four little bunnies from the tales of Peter Rabbit, one of my favorite childhood books. Rabbits are wonderful – in books, but not so much in gardens.
For the past two seasons, rabbits have had their way with much of my garden. They are death on peas, beans and they even mowed down most of my cucumbers vines last summer. We were able to stop the deer from ravaging our crops and flowers with a tall fence. How about a short fence to keep the rabbit thieves away?
For the past few weeks, I have spend much of my time at either Kroger’s for groceries or Lowe’s for garden and lawn stuff. After all, where else can you go?
So, Nancy and I put on our face masks and headed for Lowe’s in search of a fence to keep rabbits out of Mr. Jim’s garden. We ended up buying a two-foot tall fence figuring the rabbits weren’t great leapers. That would certainly deter the harmful hares. We erected the fence, fashioned a little gate where we could enter and now I could plant whatever I wanted
The next morning, we looked out the kitchen window and there was a rabbit in the garden.
In the book, Peter Rabbit had squeezed beneath the fence of Mr. McGregor’s garden and almost ended up in a pie – a rabbit pie, I suppose. The rabbit in our garden had done the same, so off we went to Lowe’s for some stakes to secure the bottom of the fence.
So far, so good. No more rabbits in the garden. This week, I planted cukes, pole beans and Ford hook limas, and if Peter Rabbit gets in my garden again. I have a good recipe for Rabbit Pie.