Fighting the Rabbits

farm raised bed 1Rabbits have been eating everything they can find at the 40 acre woods.  Greens, peppers, carrots, landscape plants and even the roses have been eaten by these pest.  Their late night attacks seem to have escaped our sleeping watchdog June.

farm raised bed 2We are fighting back with raised garden beds.  Using some 8′ landscape timbers and long nails we have been able to construct a great bed that is attractive and off the ground.  I only needed to cut some of the timbers in half to make a strong 4′ x 8′ bed.

I filled the bed with some large logs cut into sections.  These large logs will absorb water and keep my plants watered during dry periods and they will improve the soil as they rot over the years.

farm raised bed 3I filled the bed with the sandy soil available and topped it off with a layer of compost.  After watering it in good, we planted some cabbage and broccoli.  I will be adding more vegetables over the next few months for a spring crop.

This bed will feed and water itself for many years to come.  I can add additional landscape timbers if a rabbit learns to jump up on the bed at this height.

I will have some rabbit to serve with a side of fresh greens.

Building a sustainable future at the 40 acre woods.

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2 Responses to Fighting the Rabbits

  1. Lisa Kessler says:

    What a great effort. We have found hugelkultur beds to be lifesavers in the hot South. We used cedar logs around our edges to avoid leaching of arsenates or copper into our vegetable beds. Thought you might find some around your property that were already down and out and wouldn’t leach into your beds. Even old pine logs will last for a good while and new layers can be added when they break down. All the best!

  2. Brian says:

    Thank’s Lisa, I am planning to do some Sepp Holzer style larger beds without edging away from the house, but these little ones are easy to manage. I did line the sides with plastic, the leaching makes me a bit nervous too.
    Most of the wood I have available is Sand Pine, soft and only used for the paper industry. I am slowly getting rid of these and replacing them with fruit and nut trees.

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