Are the rabbits getting to you this year? The population in our area is crazy. For the past two years, we had hardly any foraging in our yards. This year, I can’t keep them out. After spending weeks and weeks working on seedlings indoors, I put my prized seedlings in the garden. As you saw in a previous posting, the rabbits decided to partake in some head lettuce. Their latest is a foray into peppers. My pepper plants were chewed off a few times. Most recently, they were hacked beyond repair. I went to a local garden chain, Steins Garden and Gifts, to buy my replacements. Two days later, pepper plants purchased with peppers growing on them were hacked!!!!
It was war. As of this afternoon, we have a 2 foot fence of poultry wire around each garden bed. Though the bunnies can jump, there is enough other vegetation around that I don’t think they’ll be interested in the extra effort. Now, I might have a chance for some peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, lettuce and tomatoes. The one thing that successfully has survived all attacks is my herb plot. With tarragon, oregano, cilantro, basil, parsley, chives, sage, rosemary, thyme and dill, the bed is absolutely flourishing. In fact, I need to spread some additional cilantro seeds down to ensure that I have leaves later in the season. Though Dale has the gene that leaves you feeling like you drank a bottle of dish detergent, I’ve started to really enjoy the verdant taste of cilantro.