How to Protect Your Garden against Rabbits, Rodents, Birds, Vermin and Other Pests
Keep pests out of your garden so you can enjoy your produce!
Protecting Your Garden from Rabbits and Other Pests
Rabbits and other garden pests can really do a number on your vegetables and even your flowers. Every year I start out strong with great intentions, tons of seedlings, and all the motivation in the world. About midway through growing season, my gardens show signs of being ravaged by rabbits on a daily basis, and I inevitably lose my motivation. Of course, my garden really suffers for that.
To date I've found two techniques that seem to deter the rabbits and other varmints from destroying all your hard work. First is blood meal. Blood meal, also known as dried blood, is a type of fertilizer often used to add nitrogen to the soil. It is also widely known as being successful in deterring rabbits.
The other technique that helps to deter rabbits from eating your garden is placing pieces of human hair around the garden area. Human hair from your brush or from the next time you get a haircut can help to reduce the rabbits' desire to visit your garden. Also, once it breaks down, it can serve as fertilizer for your plants.
This year I am going to try planting a border of marigolds around my veggie garden. I have heard that marigolds may deter rabbits and other pests as well. I also hope to build a small fence around the garden, burying it just a few inches to prevent rabbits from going over or under it.
There are other methods to try to keep rabbits out of your garden, but these are the ones I'm either planning this year or have used in the past. Feel free to share your own tips!
Tips to Keep Birds out of the Garden
Birds haven't been a problem for me, but I can see how they could also be a garden pest. We did grow sunflowers about two years ago and the birds did get to many of the seeds before we even knew we could harvest them.
Here are some tips to try to help keep the birds out of your garden:
- Put soda cans or foil pans on sticks that will reflect sun and possibly make noise to scare them away.
- Invest in one of those fake owls - I know they are used in some places to deter pests or other birds like ducks around lakes and docks.
- Try a scarecrow of some sort.
- Put a bird feeder on the other side of the yard to give the birds a distraction they might actually prefer.
- Get an outdoor cat.
Not sure if any of these work with your lifestyle or where you live, but these are the options I would consider!
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How to Keep Vermin Like Rats and Mice out of the Garden
While I've never personally had a problem with rats and mice in my vegetable garden, I would suggest these tips to help deter them:
- Try the blood meal technique above.
- If you have a cat, place cat hair around the garden.
- If you have a cat, place some of the used litter around the edges of the garden,
- Consider getting an outdoor cat if it fits with your lifestyle.
- Consider poison and traps if you don't have pets that could get hurt or sick from it.