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I had 6 lemon cucumber plants about 3 inches tall in my raised beds. I noticed this morning that 2 of them had been eaten down to the stems. Plenty of rabbits around here. And squirrels. But I'm thinking rabbits are the likely culprits.

I'm thinking about adding a couple of swivel headed fake owls out there in hopes that would work in making the small critters leery of coming up to the beds. But while I was out there watering I was running through a mental list of what I needed to do inside and scopping the litter boxes is one of the chores. So then I'm thinking that some of the dirty clumps might be useful spread around the outside of the beds. Has anyone does this? Any possibility it would work?
 

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I had the same problem with my gardern this year,,,the culprits proved to be "CHIPMUNKS",,,I went to the Home Depot and purchased a container of something called "Liquid Fence",,,not really a liquid but a granular powder that you just sprinkle around edge of garden,,,seems to work for me....also my outside cat has taken a fancy to the chipmunks,,,good for her,,,I like cats,,,,,SEMPER FI
 

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No... meat-eater litter is not safe for non-cooked crops. A small terrier would work.
Oh no. I wasn't going to put it IN the bed with the food, just outside the containers on the ground. Anyways, I went to the store and found some of the liquid fence that 2dogs mentioned and picked that up. Although what I bought was a liquid and not a powder. I also bought a fake owl to sit out there. They also had some blow up snakes that looked interesting. I may get a couple of those later. Right now though, I did go out and sprinkle some cat urine soaked litter around the garden containers, NOT in the beds themselves and put the owl out. I can't use the liquid fence right now cause it's raining and it said to spray it around when it's dry outside. So I guess I'll sit back and see what the lil critters think about cat pee and fake owls.
 

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The owls work best for birds. I've not heard of mammals being too confused by one, though it could happen. For rabbits fencing is what works best for me. I could shoot the varmits all day long and there would still be plenty to take their place, and my dogs could chase some of them away but others would just come in. Fencing works best...or have a neighbor with a yummier looking garden than yours that the rabbits would rather eat.:eek::
 

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I had 6 lemon cucumber plants about 3 inches tall in my raised beds. I noticed this morning that 2 of them had been eaten down to the stems. Plenty of rabbits around here. And squirrels. But I'm thinking rabbits are the likely culprits.

I'm thinking about adding a couple of swivel headed fake owls out there in hopes that would work in making the small critters leery of coming up to the beds. But while I was out there watering I was running through a mental list of what I needed to do inside and scopping the litter boxes is one of the chores. So then I'm thinking that some of the dirty clumps might be useful spread around the outside of the beds. Has anyone does this? Any possibility it would work?
It is totally fine. make a spray and spray the foliage.

It will be absolutely ages before your plants even flower, let alone bear fruit. it's just pooh and will either be absorbed or washed off - but dog pooh sprah for keeping rabbits at bay is done over here all the time. certainly not on your lettuces though :D:

:)

edit: ha ha, just read the other posts. I wouldn't waste my time putting it around the edges in plastic boxes.

Just mix it up into a nice liquid and spray it on teh plants. Pick a dry day.

Failing that, if you're squeamish, just lay them around the plants. Butif they're too far away they won't deter the rabbits. maybe if you crumble them and make a little olfactory fence around the vege patch that might work.
 

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putrescent egg solids and garlic seem to be the trick in keeping the critters away. Those are the ingredients in liquid fence. And I can vouch that it is absolutely the vilest substance I've ever smelled. A litter box smells like a lilac bush in full bloom compared to this stuff.

I tried the cat litter and lost another plant the same night I put it out. I hit the boxes with the liquid fence several days ago and haven't had any more plants ending up being some 4 legged critters lunch. The smell goes away pretty rapidly to the human nose, but the critter nose can still pick it up and they stay away. Yay!!! I might actually get something out of my garden instead of fattening up the local wildlife.
 

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There is an organic spray, Hot Pepper Wax that you can spray on your plants.

It's made from Cayenne peppers and will keep a lot of insects off also.

Kind of like CS gas for bugs. It should work on any chewing animal and insect.
 

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Some people use human hair around their crops to keep animals away. Take some hair, not washed (the scent must stay on the hair), put into an old panty hose sock, tie it closed. Now attach it to a stake in the ground every foot near your crops, so it doesn't blow away.

Replace the hair after it rains several times as the scent will wash off.
 
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