Plant a Rabbit Garden in 2019

plant a rabbit garden in 2019

Is one of your 2019 goals to plant a rabbit garden?

Maybe as a seasoned gardener, you’ve received seed catalogues and are spending these cold winter days browsing with pen and paper…dreaming of warmer days.

Or you’re a beginner…and have NO IDEA where to start! Don’t worry, it’s not as daunting as it looks.

Plant a rabbit garden

  • Comfrey
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Lemon Balm
  • Mints – peppermint / spearmint
  • Chamomile
  • Echinacea
  • Dandelion
  • Plantain
  • Carrots
  • Dark Lettuces
  • Kale
  • Pumpkins
  • Raspberries
  • Celery
  • Beets

Above is a small-ish list of plants that I grow or have grown for my animals. We have a large garden, so yes – I get to experiment. And yes, I also love growing herbs.

If you’re an experienced gardener, go ahead and pick a few to try out. Your rabbits may take a bit to get used to the taste of herbs, and they have strong flavours. It took my herd a bit of time, but now they love their herbs.

For a beginner, I suggest starting with the following:

  • Parsley
  • Dark lettuces
  • Kale
  • Chamomile
  • Dandelion & plantain (both ‘weeds’)
  • If you have room, pumpkins

These plants are easy to start and keep alive. Plus rabbits love them.

Getting Started

Where to buy:

I purchase my seeds from William Dam Seeds and Richters Herbs. Both are high-quality companies with amazing seeds. Highly recommend both companies. (not affiliate links). 

plant a rabbit garden

Now what?

You have your seeds, now what? The shortlist of beginner plants can all be direct sown – no need to start them inside. Just pop them in the ground and you have a garden.

Okay, so maybe that’s a little exaggerated…especially if you don’t have a spot for a garden.

For your garden, you can either till up a patch of lawn, pile on your rabbit manure (that stuff is AMAZING for gardening, fiy), lightly till it in and plant. Keep sorta weeded and water if it doesn’t rain.

OR, you can do raised beds. This is a good option if you don’t have good soil, rocky or clay-y soil, or simply don’t want an in-ground garden. For more info on how to do that, check out this video. P.S. if you’re interested in gardening and homesteading, you will LOVE that channel!

Feeding, harvesting…preserving?

So it’s now mid-summer…and your lovely garden is bursting with produce! What do you DO with it?

Every day, before chores, head out to your garden. Pick a few leaves of herbs, lettuces and maybe a bit of chamomile for your baby buns.

Don’t over-feed greens, especially if your herb isn’t used to such rich treats. Go by ear. Do they leave leftovers? What do they eat first? They’re telling you what they need, don’t need, like, and dislike.

Any time anyone gets an upset stomach, offer little bits of plantain, dandelion, and chamomile. These herbs can save lives.

Fall is rolling around, and you still have stuff in the garden. What to do now? Dry it! Or freeze it. Dried herbs store very well, as do carrots and pumpkin seeds.

Don’t have a dehydrator? Youtube offers 100s of DIY ways to do it.

Freezing is easy. Lightly chop herbs and pop in freezer bags. Same with the veggies. Thaw and feed as normal – although they may be a little different in texture.

Gardening doesn’t have to be scary.

Yes, it’s hard work. Yes, a weed-filled garden can make you want to give up. But, it is crazy rewarding! Fresh, homegrown produce…there’s nothing like it.

No, it’s not everyone’s thing, but for those of us who enjoy it, we wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Here’s to a GREAT 2019 gardening season!

Megan



Plant a Rabbit Garden in 2019

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