is there a natural way to keep rabbits off your garden?

Hi,
We are having a crazy year with rabbits......we hadn't had many around the neighborhood for a while but this year they have become a menace to annuals and perennials alike...... Is there a way (herb, other plants, etc) to keep them from destroying the garden? The scent of my dog didn't do much to keep them away.....
Thanks in advance,
FayeC
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FayeC wrote:

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"My friend has been telling me now for a few years that he puts jars in his garden with water in them and it keeps the rabbits away. I'm going to try it this year becouse i planted lettus and i know there are rabbits around here.
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That's just so silly. See this article on the magical method of scary water bottles posted about one's gardens, where they'd look every so properly in context if the yard were already in general strewn with emptyh beer bottles & cornbeef hash cans: http://www.paghat.com/bottles.html
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How about using the full dog not just the scent?
David
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Fence the garden with one-inch mesh wire, or hire a pack of wolves.
http://personal.ecu.edu/wuenschk/rabbits.htm
Karl W.

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Karl L. Wuensch wrote:

one-inch mesh is probably overkill for rabbits. Only newly hatched rabbits could fit through it. Also, rabbits can jump quite well, so to be completely effective, the fence would have to be about 5-6' high. Rabbits are also good at digging, so unless you bury it a foot or two, they can go under. (Actually you don't have to bury it deep: bury it a couple of inches deep, parallel with the surface for a couple of feet. That way you don't have to dig a deep trench. When they come to the fence and start digging they encounter the fence.)
An easier solution is to fence the garden with something that makes it difficult (it's unlikely you'll make it impossible) for the rabbits to get in (such as "rabbit fencing") *and* provide something tasty outside the fence. Clover in the lawn works quite well and is beneficial to the lawn. If there's something they like outside the fence, there's no incentive for them to make the effort to get inside.
"Rabbit fencing" is probably available at your local hardware store. It is basically a 4" mesh doubled up at the bottom. It's about 3' high. The rabbits can jump over it without any apparent effort, but it seems to be enough to deter them if there's something good outside. At least, it works for me.
The dog (or wolf) on patrol of the yard is reputed to be effective, but it has to be the right kind of dog and the dog has to be there all the time. I haven't tried it.
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