Monday, April 5, 2010

Devastation by Easter Bunny

My spirits are down but rage is taking over. Pictures will follow tonight. Lettuces are 90% gone. Cilantro severely damaged. Pea sprouts - 100% gone (I heard they were delicious, apparently the Easter Bunny agrees). The offender is big, fat, and fluffy. Presumably last year's Peter Cottontail.

I am currently plotting my revenge and debating the purchase of a BB Gun this afternoon. I heard that will do the trick. More finite (and less expensive) than yards and yards of chicken wire..

Perhaps it's barbaric, but it's more important for my family to eat those fresh, healthy, organic greens... Thoughts?

8 comments:

Kimberly said...

Uh Oh!! Didn't you leave him a snack?! :( I'm sorry to hear about your loss...thankfully the lettuce will grow back...but sure to protect it. What's your plan of attack?

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

As more and more undeveloped land is paved or built upon, there's more pressure on wild animals. Mister Rabbit is just trying to feed himself.

Fencing is a less cruel answer than a gun.

Rebecca said...

Nature abhors a vacuum, Benjamin Bunny will take his place if you get rid of Peter. I'm afraid your best bet for a permanent solution is a barrier of some sort, like rabbit fencing or chicken wire.

Best of luck!

Annie's Granny said...

I'm terribly sorry, it's difficult to see all your hard work just gone. I'm with the fence people. Something similar to EG's is simple and not too expensive. Unfortunately, I don't think those pictures are on his blog any more, but I found some here:

http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/sqfoot/msg0814340323042.html

And Sow My Garden Grows said...

Oh No! I am sorry to hear that. No doubt that you are upset! We don't have the bunny problems here but could wire fencing help?I brought in my tomato seedlings in the other night and noticed later that my cat was sitting there eating the leaves off :( I was so upset. Good luck with protecting your greens!

Erin said...

wow, I am so sorry! I live with that fear every year!

Robin said...

There's nothing worse then having your garden devastated by little critters! I have always been successful with spray until last year. I had one very bad bunny who ate ALL my cabbage, broccoli & cauliflower! I also had a very hungry groundhog who ate my beans and peas 3 times! This year I spent an entire day putting up removable chicken wire around my raised beds. I have also been trapping....no bunnies though just 3 skunks and 18 squirrels. I am also trying a new spray this year. Good luck!

Caffeinated Mom said...

Hi everyone - thanks for the comments and empathy. It's nice to know I'm not alone here! For now, I think I'll start with more chicken wire. It did a good enough job of keeping the bunnies out of the bed last year, but this year I've expanded into pots, so I'll have to wrap the porch and group the full sun pots together to get them within the walls of the wire. It probably won't be very sturdy, so I'll cross my fingers and hope the bunnies aren't too determined. Maybe next year I can line the whole fence with wire.. just not sure how my hoa and crabby neighbor would feel about that.

Granny - Thanks for that link. EG isn't too far away from me. I might have to bribe him to come help me build a similar set up! :-D