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Hi folks,

I apologize in advance if this seems like a silly question.

My wife and I are thinking of setting up a hanging herb garden in our
back yard this year, but neither of us has experience in doing so.

We have a rather large rabbit population in our area, and so we'd like to
make the garden as "rabbit-proof" as possible. Any recommendations
(minumum height, etc) on how we might go about this?

TIA

-Shaun





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On 3/5/2017 11:26 AM, Turnipgod wrote:
Hi folks,

I apologize in advance if this seems like a silly question.

My wife and I are thinking of setting up a hanging herb garden in our
back yard this year, but neither of us has experience in doing so.

We have a rather large rabbit population in our area, and so we'd like to
make the garden as "rabbit-proof" as possible. Any recommendations
(minumum height, etc) on how we might go about this?

TIA

-Shaun





Rabbits can't fly nor climb so a hanging garden or just one that is
raised at least four feet high should do the job. Cotton tails or jacks?
Jack rabbits can jump pretty high, cottontails not so much. Cottontail
rabbits are very tasty, jackrabbits can be a bit tough so make a stew. A
high powered pellet gun or a .22 rifle with shorts should take care of them.

Many years ago we had a commercial rabbitry and showed them at fairs,
etc. plus we ate a lot, sold the hides, and rabbit poop can be put
straight onto a garden as it does not "burn." If other folks crave
rabbit meat you can get some good money for them.

Wild rabbits can easily dig under a wire fence but if you bury another
foot of fence in the dirt they usually won't dig that deep. At any rate,
rabbits are good to eat, make good fertilizer, and the hides are easy to
sell.

George
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On Sun, 05 Mar 2017 15:00:17 -0600, George Shirley wrote:

On 3/5/2017 11:26 AM, Turnipgod wrote:
Hi folks,

I apologize in advance if this seems like a silly question.

My wife and I are thinking of setting up a hanging herb garden in our
back yard this year, but neither of us has experience in doing so.

We have a rather large rabbit population in our area, and so we'd like
to make the garden as "rabbit-proof" as possible. Any recommendations
(minumum height, etc) on how we might go about this?

TIA

-Shaun





Rabbits can't fly nor climb so a hanging garden or just one that is
raised at least four feet high should do the job. Cotton tails or jacks?
Jack rabbits can jump pretty high, cottontails not so much. Cottontail
rabbits are very tasty, jackrabbits can be a bit tough so make a stew. A
high powered pellet gun or a .22 rifle with shorts should take care of
them.


Thanks mate, we'll plan on 3-4 feet, just to be safe. No dice on the
guns (or traps for that matter)... city bylaws and all that.

Many years ago we had a commercial rabbitry and showed them at fairs,
etc. plus we ate a lot, sold the hides, and rabbit poop can be put
straight onto a garden as it does not "burn." If other folks crave
rabbit meat you can get some good money for them.


I've never tried rabbit, although I'm certainly not adverse.

Wild rabbits can easily dig under a wire fence but if you bury another
foot of fence in the dirt they usually won't dig that deep. At any rate,
rabbits are good to eat, make good fertilizer, and the hides are easy to
sell.


Well, there's no shortage of rabbit... fertilizer... in our yard.
Perhaps when it comes time, our little one can earn a bit of allowance
money

-Shaun
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On 3/5/2017 8:01 PM, Turnipgod wrote:
On Sun, 05 Mar 2017 15:00:17 -0600, George Shirley wrote:

On 3/5/2017 11:26 AM, Turnipgod wrote:
Hi folks,

I apologize in advance if this seems like a silly question.

My wife and I are thinking of setting up a hanging herb garden in our
back yard this year, but neither of us has experience in doing so.

We have a rather large rabbit population in our area, and so we'd like
to make the garden as "rabbit-proof" as possible. Any recommendations
(minumum height, etc) on how we might go about this?

TIA

-Shaun





Rabbits can't fly nor climb so a hanging garden or just one that is
raised at least four feet high should do the job. Cotton tails or jacks?
Jack rabbits can jump pretty high, cottontails not so much. Cottontail
rabbits are very tasty, jackrabbits can be a bit tough so make a stew. A
high powered pellet gun or a .22 rifle with shorts should take care of
them.


Thanks mate, we'll plan on 3-4 feet, just to be safe. No dice on the
guns (or traps for that matter)... city bylaws and all that.

Many years ago we had a commercial rabbitry and showed them at fairs,
etc. plus we ate a lot, sold the hides, and rabbit poop can be put
straight onto a garden as it does not "burn." If other folks crave
rabbit meat you can get some good money for them.


I've never tried rabbit, although I'm certainly not adverse.

Wild rabbits can easily dig under a wire fence but if you bury another
foot of fence in the dirt they usually won't dig that deep. At any rate,
rabbits are good to eat, make good fertilizer, and the hides are easy to
sell.


Well, there's no shortage of rabbit... fertilizer... in our yard.
Perhaps when it comes time, our little one can earn a bit of allowance
money

-Shaun

I started with rabbits about age 5 in the last years of WWII. Meat of
any kind was hard to come by so I was raising domestic rabbits in cages
in the backyard. We married in 1960 and built a home on a half acre my
parents gave each of us kids.Wife and I ran a commercial rabbitry for
about 12 years. Lots of good meat, sold the hides, sold a lot of the
meat, and had a wonderful garden with rabbit droppings.

To bad you can't run a trio for home meat and good fertilizer but you
still can use the droppings. Good luck Shaun.


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