Pests And Veggies - Knowledgebase Question

West Chester, PA
Question by nancy_kenney
July 12, 2000
I have two questions:

1. Until this year I had a dog and never really had a rabbit problem. Unfortunally over the winter my dog passed away. Now I am having a serious rabbit problem in my garden. They have totally stripped my sting bean plants and ate all of the lettuce and spinach. Interesting enough they have not touched the carrots. I have tried rabbit repellent and plant Marigolds around the plants. Nothing seems to avail. It there a list of Veggies that rabbits are not interested in? This way next year I will only plant those veggies.
2. This is the second year I have planted corn. Last year when the cobs were perfect some crows swooped down and ate them. Is there any way I can keep them away?

Answer from NGA
July 12, 2000


Rabbits can be real pests and are difficult to control. It also seems as though once there are rabbits there are soon after woodchucks and between them they will eat just about everything. Some gardeners report success using repellents, but in my experience the only effective control in the long run is a sturdy wire mesh fence.

To protect the corn, you can try the old fashioned remedy of a scarecrow, but the metallic bird scarer flash tape might work better. Unfortunately crows are tough to stop and bird netting won't do the trick.

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