If animals, namely rabbits think of your garden as the local salad bar, here’s a sprays to try. There’s no guarantee they’ll work, depending on how many bunnies there are and what their other options are, but they are inexpensive and worth a try.

PEPPER BUNNY CHASER

  • 1 ounce hot pepper sauce (the hotter, the better)
  • 4 drops natural dish soap or liquid soap
  • 1 cup fresh marigold, artemesia, yarrow, or other aromatic leaves from plants that your local rabbits avoid (optional)

If using the optional fresh leaves, put them in a blender with a cup or two of water and puree until smooth. Strain the puree through a coffee filter to remove any solids that could clog your spray bottle. Put the “tea” into a one-quart spray bottle, add the hot sauce and soap, and add water to fill the bottle. Spray on the surfaces of all your plants. Repeat once a week or after every rain. Store any leftover spray for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.