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Locavore: How gardeners cope with the bunny buffet

Posted by Erica Noonan  August 1, 2011 11:41 AM

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By Erica Noonan, Globe Staff

It's August and the garden is bursting with life. There's been sun and rain, the plants couldn't be happier.

Who else is loving it? Our local rabbit population, which seems to have exploded this year.

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We have, it seems, about 2 million rabbits living in and around our yard. There are so many rabbits in Natick and the western suburbs, I've even seen them crossing busy streets -- unafraid and unhurried -- in search of lunch.

The final straw came a few weeks ago when my husband was weeding our garden boxes and a rabbit nonchalantly wandered over and started nibbling on a strawberry plant a few feet away.

Clearly the critters are out of control.

We ran out to Home Depot, and put up a few rabbit-proof fences that seem to be doing the trick.

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Kathy Carleton of Skippy's Vegetable Garden in Belmont has some rabbit photos to show off on her blog (see above), and I've heard of deer nibbling on gardens in Wellesley -- some gardeners hang shiny pieces of foil or even old CDs to scare them off. My neighbors have a menacing wooden owl to frighten off berry-stealing birds.

How are you coping with wildlife in your garden? Tell us your tricks and leave a comment below.

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