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In addition to the zinnias, impatiens, and celosia in the greenhouse, I planted some petunias and impatiens outside to spruce up the yard. Last month a rabbit ate half of my outdoor impatiens. I only  wandered up to the window in time to see it tug up two of them, but inductive reasoning makes the rest of the tale pretty clear. I specifically bought impatiens because they're said to be uninteresting to rabbits, dang it! Mr. Kinase facetiously suggested buying a gun; I thought about it for about a minute, though not all that seriously. I mean, yes it's Tennessee and gun-ownership is not considered an automatic qualification for lunacy here, and I am in fact rather handy with a 0.22 rifle if presented with a stationary target, and rabbit enchiladas are really tasty, but fencing takes up enough of my aggression to leave me a gentle soul, and besides the rabbit never came back.

Until today, it seems. I got home to find the tops bitten off the rest of the outdoor impatiens. And all the foliage eaten from my bean patch.  And all the developing pears at less than 4 ft high eaten from my pear tree. I fear that the botanical terrorist Thumper has returned and brought Bambi along as backup.

I have in previous years and without success tried sprinkling chili powder around plants. 

So, save me from a life of hideous carnage. Keep gun sales down. Keep wildlife safe from my wrath. Just tell me how the heck I can keep my domain safe from hordes of maruding fauna without fencing off every little bit of dirt. Please.

Date: 2006-06-15 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My aunt, the gardener, uses some awful smelling spray around her yard to keep the deer away. She lives way back in the woods, so they've been a problem in years past. I can't remember the name off the top of my head, but I do know that it's not some nasty chemical and that the smell is only bad when you mix it and first spray it. I'm on my way out the door right now, but I'll call her today and let you know what it's called. I know for sure it works on the deer, I'll have to check about the bunny.

Date: 2006-06-16 05:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So, uhh...Hagrid, he's a groundskeeper, yeah? That means he keeps your land healthy and clear, yeah? Why not just send Hagrid after the forest critters? I'm sure he would terrify them nicely.

Date: 2006-06-17 12:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Err, I hesitate to mention this, not having tried it myself, but legend has it that meat-eater (I have read that vegetarian doesn't work) urine helps discourage deer. I am not sure about rabits.


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