I’m sharing some garden tidbits today and hope to sow some seeds of encouragement, positivity and normalcy in my little corner of the blogosphere. I hope you’ll find a little flower therapy encouraging during these unsettling times. I find gardening good for the soul~ you enjoy some sunshine, fresh air, birdsong and at least for a little while, all seems right with the world.
I’ve been spending most of my spare time in the garden during these uncertain times. Gardening has its rewards, but its not without its challenges!
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The bunnies and their voracious appetite has been keeping me hopping recently.
I feel a little like Mrs. McGregor trying to keep Peter Rabbit and friends out of the flower patch.🌺🌿🐇
The bunnies seem to be especially fond of sweet potato vine, coneflower, salvia, the tender new shoots of the daylilies recently planted. . .
They’ve also been munching on my containers and found the verbena and petunias especially tasty.
The Potting Shed sits on footers so it makes an excellent 10 x 16-foot bunny home and shelter.
And Peter Rabbit has been telling all his friends about the all-you-can-eat buffet.
We picked up some garden fence to make some wire cages that we thought would protect the perennials from being eaten to the ground.
What we didn’t take into account was that the baby bunnies could hop through the 2 inch x 3 inch openings. . .
I came out the next day and found this baby rabbit happily nibbling away.
My husband jokingly said, “Congratulations, you caught one!” 🐇
Then he said, “Look on the bright side, as much as he’s eating, he’ll soon be too big to hop through the openings.”
Time to try a different fence. . .
I found Liquid Fence Deer & Rabbit Repellent at Lowe’s for around $25 for a gallon of ready-to-spray formula. It repels with a safe and natural egg and garlic formula and odor that won’t harm plants or animals. Let me say that it repels me too and you don’t want to hang around after spraying! Once it dries you can’t detect any odor which must not be the case for rabbits and deer.
So far it seems to be working! I still see plenty of bunnies but haven’t noticed any more munching on my perennials and pots after applying it. (I can’t speak to deer as we don’t have any, knock wood.) The product information says that Liquid Fence Deer & Rabbit Repellent withstands up to one inch of rain per week and only needs to be applied once a month. We had over 5 inches of rain within a week and half so I reapplied it after my initial spraying.
We’ve had our share of squirrel wars too. They’ve gnawed their way into the attic, chewed up our boat and dug up the containers.
Eastern Gray Squirrels can have two litters a year, one in early spring and another in late summer. Every summer I hold my breath to see if they will dig up my window boxes to nest there.
Note to squirrels: You’re welcome to nest in my watering cans . . .just please don’t dig up the flowers.🌼
I discovered last year that not only did they dig up the flowers in my window box, a squirrel ate through the polyethylene material into the irrigation wall of one of the boxes.
The window box wall is hollow so I was afraid any water that would accumulate would make the box too heavy for the brackets.
Flex Tape to the rescue for an easy repair!
Flex Tape is a rubberized waterproof tape that we used after some storm damage to fix a roof leak.
It worked as advertised and held up through snow until we could have our roof replaced. I highly recommend it for an easy waterproof patch!
After patching my window box, I planted the boxes with an assortment of sun-loving annuals back in April.
I read that Blood Meal can work as a scent-based repellent for squirrels, so I sprinkled some on the top of the container among the flowers as a deterrent. As it’s also a fertilizer, so you have to apply with care and follow the package guidelines so you don’t burn your plants. After I purchased the Liquid Fence, I sprayed the boxes with it to see if the rabbit formula will also keep the squirrels away. Of course, frequent watering will reduce it’s potency. I recently saw Liquid Fence also make an all-purpose animal repellent in granular formula to repel squirrels, mice and other small mammals so I’ll be trying that next if all else fails.
Despite my battles with the bunnies and squirrels, I love seeing all the wildlife in the garden. . .the birds, butterflies, bees and bunnies.
Learn how to create and certify your garden as a wildlife habitat, HERE.
How’s your garden growing?
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