It was a beautiful day today. Spring is around the corner, so we took a trip to the greenhouse. I was checking out the vegetable seeds, thinking about what would be good this year, and it brought me back to last year's garden. I remembered that the first step will be to figure out how to keep the rabbits away.
"I think there is a rabbit's nest in the garden," my husband told me one Saturday afternoon last summer. He had just called me over to the garden to ask for my opinion, which is a bit surprising since I can't tell a weed from a vegetable plant.
As a gardener, he wanted to save the plants, but as an animal lover he was torn; he didn't want to disturb the babies if there was indeed a nest. I did not want the rabbit's nest to get between me and my fresh produce, so I insisted we lift up the hay and look. We started to dig around in the straw bale garden, but no nest. Suddenly, a squeak came from the center of the hay loud enough to make me jump. We saw the mama rabbit dart across the lawn to calm her squeaking baby only to stop short when she saw us snooping around the nest. Our suspicions were confirmed.
This isn't the first time we have come across a rabbit's nest in the yard. However, previously, the nest wasn't smack-dab in the middle of the garden. We left the nest alone, and we did manage to get some produce out of it, but this year I'm definitely going to investigate ways to protect the garden.
What pests are in your backyard? Any tips to keep them away from the garden?