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Adventures in Gardening

How is your garden making out?  Has the damp weather effected your garden yet?
We’d love to see some of your progress….post pictures to our Facebook Page!

Recently we have posted some tips on which veggies are available locally to add to your recipe list – Check out the article here

Our pet dog, Jasper, has been trying to keep the squirrels away from Dr. Will’s Garden….but it is a full time job for Jasper!

We have also heard of an abundance of rabbits in the are that are taking down some of the home garden crops already.  Here are a few tips to keep rabbits away from your garden:

  1. Fencing. As with protection against other wildlife, the top recommendation is the use of fencing around the garden (or other area to which the rabbits are attracted) with 1/2- to 1-inch mesh chicken wire. The fence should be at least 2 feet high to keep rabbits from jumping over it. To prevent then from burrowing under it, the fencing should extend at least six inches below ground or be secured to the ground to keep the bottom edge tight. Electric net fencing also can be used for temporary control around seasonal gardens.
  2. Individual plant protection. Use 1/4- to 1/2-inch-mesh poultry netting to create cylinders to protect new trees, shrubs or vines. Again, the fencing should be buried to prevent burrowing and the cylinder should be at least 2 to 4 inches greater than the diameter of the plant and braced away from it to prevent rabbits from pushing the netting and reaching through to nibble
  3. Habitat Modification. If you have found evidence of rabbit nesting, remove it, and modify or block off the area to keep them from coming back in. Proactively reduce nesting options by removing low shrubbery branches that provide harborage for rabbits; eliminating tall, dense vegetation and wood and debris piles; controlling vegetation along fence rows; and sealing spaces beneath buildings.

But remember, like the squirrels, rabbits are clever, fast and RELENTLESS!!!

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