Tanya Nova wrote:The rabbits that I "have" are wild eastern cottontails that about devastated my winter garden. I thought it might be of interest to note which plants they went for, since they are the wild ancestors and presumably know what's best for them and how to take care of themselves, right? This is winter time and most of the plants I mention below stay evergreen in zone 7, i.e. available year round. So here we go, the "Top 10" on the winter diet of eastern cottontail rabbit in my garden:
1. Parsley. Parsley. Did I mention parsley? To the ground. Like it has never been there.
2. Kale. All kinds and varieties of kale, especially younger, tender leaves.
3. Red sorrel - they are very, very fond of it!
4. Green onions (I thought it was odd, but they absolutely mowed all of them to less than half height)
5. Yarrow foliage (not the colored cultivars of yarrow, which I also have growing and which they did not touch, but the native wild white yarrow, Achillea Millefolium)
6. Leaves of wild mulberry tree seedlings
7. Rose stems/branches - thorns, leaves and all. I was supposed to do my winter pruning in January but alas, there is not much left to prune. They got all stems within their reach that were new growth of the summer.
8. Entire canes of blackberries and raspberries. Blackberries seem to be preferred somewhat, but now both are gone.
9. Branches of young blueberry shrubs.
10. Chickweed (I don't cultivate it, it grows on its own around here and is considered a weed, albeit edible, and they seem to like it quite a lot)
I am a little mad, to say the least.. but I digress.
So it looks like during the winter months, a lot of fruit and berry plant prunings could be put to a good use!
William Bronson wrote: After pruning my backyard pear tree and using the prunings for cuttings, I had a bunch of leftovers.
Faye Streiff wrote: A little honeysuckle is also a medicine plant for them, and I give them a sprig or two every now and then.