1 Happy Bunny in a Rabbit Proof Garden

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the Two Reasons To Rabbit Proof

There were two reasons for Babe to have a rabbit proof garden. The first was to stop her escaping, and the second to stop her eating my plants. As the garden fence is secure and it would take her a long time to tunnel her way out. While most of my plants could be toxic and immediately harmful! The second had to take priority.

My Plants

Most of my plants are in pots on the patio, and the retaining wall along the left side of the garden. But, at the bottom of the garden, there are two planters on the grassed area.

The only plants not in pots are small bush to the top of the grassed area; and to the right of the shed, where I have a raised bed full of geraniums.

Rabbit Proof Garden-Raised Bed

I started with the raised bed, made a 5oomm high wooden frame and covered it with wire mesh: Then fixed it on top of the 200mm edging between the shed and the fence with wood screws. The bush was toxic and had no place in a rabbit proof garden, so I needed to remove it.

Now I know why rabbits only dig and chew; they are useless when it comes to construction! With Babe’s “help” This is going to take a long time, and she risks losing her head, by getting under the wood saw. 

Protecting the Pots

Next, I put a trellis either side of the arch, with a gate between the patio and garden. Plus, a fence down the left side of the garden. Now with wire net to cover the bottom half of the trellis and fence, Babe could not reach the plants. But the rabbit-proof garden, would not let her access the patio or house either if the gate was accidentally closed.

But I knew the two planters at the bottom of the garden needed protecting with frames. So, the patio pots could be protected the same way. At least Babe would be out of the way, while I made them on the patio. I set to work and soon had them all made, without Babe’s help, the job went much quicker.

It had taken four days hard work to protect her, and the plants, but allow me easy access. Now I had to make sure she could not escape, by digging her way into next doors garden.

Rabbit Proof Garden Fence

Having a rabbit-proof fence to the right-side garden would have been easier if Babe, had not found a weakness. Behind my storage units, the bottom of the larch wood panels had gone soft, and she had been chewing them. As they were my neighbours’ and there was no hole yet! I was not about to replace the panels.

Fixing the weak spots

Now I could have just pushed my two garden stores back to the boundary and block her access. But I decided to fit gravel board along the bottom of all the fence. To help first with rabbit proofing and later a tunnel. Gravel board is a 150 x 25mm board for the panels to sit on and prevents them from rotting.

I fitted the board along the whole fence, my side of the posts. It would not stop the panels rotting; it was too late for that anyway. But it would stop Babe from chewing holes through the bottom of the rotting fence.

Rabbit Proofing Below Ground

Now to rabbit proof garden fences below ground, you need to dig down at least 150mm. So, I dug a trench a spade wide and 300mm deep, along the fence line and the raised bed.

Then fixed cage mesh to the gravel board and raised bed border, down and across the bottom of the trench. Backfilled the trench, job done, and as rabbits only dig down 150mm, will stop Babe digging her way out.

Play Tunnel

Babe loved to run between the garden stores, turn left along the fence to the bottom of the garden. Back up the middle of the garden, arriving back on the patio via the gate. On completion of the rabbit-proof garden, the patio fence and rabbit proof pots now blocked her way.  Not only stopping her fun but more importantly taking away her only bolt hole. 

The answer to her problem was to form a tunnel, using gravel board and surplus wood from the pot frames. With a small hutch as a gated exit, to give her room to turn around if it is closed. Now Babe could have her fun, and I could still, keep her out of harm’s way while cutting the grass. 

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