Silly Wittle Wabbits
By Kathy Chapman
This year the bunnies are really bugging me! I am on the second planting of seeds now, after the first sprouts were chewed off to an inch above the ground. They’re eating everything in the garden. Actually they don’t touch the nasturchums and spicy lettuce but LOVE the kale, beet greens and tender corn salad. And forget about pumpkins, squashes and zucchini! Just when they are ready for harvest they are devoured.
Last month we installed a three foot wire fence around the rows of greens to combat the invaders.
They also love ripe tomatoes, so the toms need to be picked before they are vine ripened and then finished off in window light. They don’t have as great a flavor when sliced for salads, but they are delicious in my canned sauce with basil.
Next year there will be fencing around everything. To be fair, rabbits aren’t the only ones enjoying the garden. My neighbor’s chickens wander over, different species of birds and various sized critters with long tails all eat my organic East Gloucester fare! There is evidence the coyotes are working to reduce the rabbit population, but all I ask is please just leave some for me and my guests!
Photos © 2014 Kathy Chapman