If you have had any contact with me in the last three years, you know that I struggle with rabbits. I have annuals hanging in baskets far out of reach of the rabbits and my vegetables growing safely behind chicken wire, but I really wanted to see some bulbs come up out of the ground unobstructed. When I found bulbs on sale for $1.00 a bag at Walmart last fall I decided to give them a try. As you can see from the above picture, it didn’t start out so well! Then I discovered how to make my own inexpensive, organic rabbit repellent.
How to Make Rabbit Repellent
- empty milk jug, water
- 5 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon crushed red peppers
- 1 gallon water
- 1 tablespoon dish soap
To make the repellent fill an old milk jug with water, add 5 crushed garlic cloves, a teaspoon of crushed red peppers (you can save a packet from the pizza delivery for this) and 1 Tablespoon of dish soap. Shake well; then let it sit in the sun for a day or two to make sure the water is saturated with the flavors and smells. Shake well, then spray or pour on the plants that you don’t want the rabbits to eat.
I had to reapply once a week for a couple of weeks to convince the rabbits that my tulips were never going to taste good again. With my other bulbs I sprayed them as soon as they started to poke through the ground and then reapplied the repellent once a week and after it rains.
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How to Make Raised Garden Beds
How to Extend a Short Growing Season
How to Make a Planter Out of a Tree Stump
How to Make a Mini-Greenhouse with Recycled Items
How to Make Fast and Easy Compost Pile Using Hay Bales
How to Extend Your Growing Season with a Container Garden
How to Get More from Your Square Foot Garden with Succession Planting