Monday, June 27, 2016

Green Bean Fortress - Protecting Against Rabbit Monsters

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Green Bean Fortress - Protecting Against Rabbit Monsters

I was so excited about our bean crop this year.  I had 5 different heirloom bean packets that I had ordered through the mail.  My anticipation continued to grow as all seeds were planted and they were growing so wonderfully.  Then one morning I noticed that these healthy plants looked strange from a distance.  When I came close I knew that some critter had eaten the tender leaves (at this time it was only the tender leaves).

I first tried sprinkling "Shake Away" (which is coyote urine granules) around my bean patch but that didn't work.  I had read somewhere that sprinkling cayenne pepper on the leaves prevented wildlife from chewing away.  This was not a success.  Then my dad said that one year he had that problem and spread baby powder onto all of the leaves.  I thought that this method was working and I continued to talcum powder my plants until that horrible day of devastation.

As I walked towards my garden I saw two giant rabbits - I immediately began yelling, running and flailing my arms.  I was saying something like: "you idiots!  how could you - how dare you!  Get out of here!"  I have been known to yell at squirrels and I think my neighbors believe that I am mentally disturbed.  I also threw a stick at the monsters and since I still throw like a two year old toddler, this stick throwing just adds to my neighbor's suspicion that I have mental issues.

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The chomped bean plants look like the plants above - there is one remaining healthy plant below.

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We knew that we had to do something to take back our garden.  We happened to be shopping at our local "Tractor Supply" and found a mesh fence on clearance.

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Instead of heirloom seeds I had to settle for any bean seed that my local store had available - the new crop is heavily protected now.  ENJOY!

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