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Old February 23, 2017   #1
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Default My one man fertilizer crew

This is Basil. I'm pretty sure he won't eat tomato plants, but I'm going to put the Juliets out first just in case. He is really good at fertilizing though .

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Old February 23, 2017   #2
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What a great looking helper that you have there! I'm sure that he is working quite hard. We have one too and he was a great help, but he had to go off to college for awhile...
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Old February 26, 2017   #3
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Aww! What a cutie! I love how his spots line up .
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Old February 26, 2017   #4
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I like his markings, too.

I have had wild rabbits eat my seedlings, but hopefully he is too picky an eater from being well-fed.
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Old February 26, 2017   #5
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From experience, I would not trust that cute little plant eater around my tomatoes.
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Old February 27, 2017   #6
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We'll see. I had a garden in this spot a few years ago, and had it fenced in. He kept hopping the fence to lay in the dirt, never touched a tomato plant. Eventually, the garden got abandoned when the temps in June were above 105 degrees every day for 3 weeks straight, June! The fence got taken down, and all the plants except the 2 tomatoes and weeds died. Those tomato plants sprawled and took over the whole area, and started setting fruit in Sept. I gave my mom a basket of green tomatoes for her late October birthday that year just in time for it to frost. He also had access to a container garden I had at another house. He only ate the kale. The yard is a bunny haven with dandelions, grass, roses, and he gets all our old apples and carrots and bottoms of leafy veggies, so he'll have plenty of better tasting stuff than tomato plants. Like I said, we'll see.
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Old February 27, 2017   #7
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Neighbor's rabbit ate my cherry tomato blossom last year at start of my season, so don't trust anything with big ears.
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Old February 27, 2017   #8
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If it's a problem, I can grow them at the community garden like I did last year.

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Old February 27, 2017   #9
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That's a good thing to have- a friendly poo generator! If he didn't eat them before, you should be fine. It's a good idea to test him on your other plants, as you are!
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Those ears! another cutie! great photo

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Old February 28, 2017   #11
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I have four fur-tilizers. Hmmm... something a little different about that tall-eared rabbit in the picture...
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Old April 18, 2017   #12
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Haha, well, you guys were right. I put out a sacrificial tomato seedling, sprinkled it with water then coated it in cayenne pepper, so they (I got another bunny not long after posting, cute little brown thing) would learn that tomato plants were spicy. Well, apparently it was yummy like that and they ate it down to the stem. So today I put up a chicken wire fence.
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My neighborhood has wild rabbits. So this tells me that I need to guard my plants against them?
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Old April 29, 2017   #14
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Oh yeah. Little monsters are Hungry Vegans. They do emit a precious fertilizing pellet, but on balance you're better off with the plants.


And please post an intro thread in the Town Hall forum (or wherever) so we can properly grill you on your bona fides (i.e. say "Welcome").
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Hi Chris S! Not sure if wild rabbits are as much like snowshoe hares, the hares here will cut stuff down randomly whether they decide to eat it or not.
They haven't got my tomatoes though because they're in containers, and by the time I put them outside there's so much to eat, they can't (couldn't) be bothered to attack something in a high pot... so my reasoning goes.
I would vote to protect your tomatoes one way or another...

That Basil bunny is crazy cute bad.kelpie!! Did you paint those spots on?
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