Seeing the rabbit this morning enjoying the weeds in the lawn, through the kitchen window , it reminded me about this summer’s frustrating but hilarious scenario of Bill and I attempting to protect our sweet string beans from the pesky baby rabbit. Each day we entered into our fenced vegetable garden to check the bean stocks for healthy growth and new blossoms; then one day, we noticed that one group of bean stocks was thinning out and a few of the twisting stems were separated from the roots. “Oh darn! A rabbit had entered into our garden!” Keeping a lookout for the garden thief we finally were able to spot the cute little animal after the second group of bean stocks appeared to be thinning out. We did a walk around the perimeter of our rabbit proof fence that was constructed several years ago and found some openings between the bottom of the fencing and the soft sandy loam soil that had shifted over time. We patched up the holes and thought our beans would be saved!

The next day, while in the garden, we spotted the rabbit disappearing into the raspberry bushes as it tried to hide from the mean old gardeners. Bill immediately started clapping his hands as he chased the rabbit around through the vegetables as it tried to head for its escape hole. I grabbed the watering hose and sprayed water toward the rabbit while Bill was continuing the hand clapping and loud vocal scare technique. Finally, the rabbit was able to escape and we did another fix on the fence. The scenario continued throughout the day and into the next day. Foreseeing that we may not be able to harvest the lovely beans we were anticipating, I arranged a temporary chicken wire fence around the entire remaining bean stocks with success! At harvest time, we enjoyed a few weeks with fresh green beans added to our evening meals.

6 thoughts on “Chasing the rabbit

  1. Lois this reminds me of John Travolta’s character trying to outsmart the rabbit in his garden in the movie Phenomenon. You made me chuckle, thanks.

    On Thu, Oct 15, 2020 at 4:20 PM SKETCHING ON WHIDBEY ISLAND wrote:

    > Sketching on Whidbey Island posted: ” Seeing the rabbit this morning > enjoying the weeds in the lawn, through the kitchen window , it reminded me > about this summer’s frustrating but hilarious scenario of Bill and I > attempting to protect our sweet string beans from the pesky baby rabbit. > Each” >

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  2. Wild animals are lovely and an enjoyable part of our lives but being that we have invaded their territory, we find them to be a nosence in our gardens. I guess the best method of protection for our favorite plants is constructing devices to let them know not to enter.😀

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  3. This was the epitome of a marketable Hollywood movie, plot, adorable young starlet & mean, nasty villains, LOL. All the hungry child wanted was . . . . I read through the script summary, all the while totally absorbed in the fate of the furry hero. This kind of light mystery is just the Rx needed in these strange times.

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