Here’s a gardening trick that works…use a bread basket as a protective cloche

Posted by on June 6, 2013

Helen YoestMy garden is a playground for the neighborhood bunnies. There is no question, somewhere in the peaceful woods behind me, a dinner bell rings and a conga starts. The leader brings them to Helen’s Haven.

I’ve tried sprays, scare tactics (me acting like a hawk; it didn’t work), until I finally got a dog. Pepper sorta helps. Hopefully she will be more helpful when her protective instincts kick in. She is only five months old. I didn’t actually get a dog to rid my garden of bunnies; I just wanted to mention her.

Pepper in Helen's Haven

What I did do to combat rabbits and other critters nibbling my newbies, was to cover them with open, protective cloches.  I really wanted these cloches, but I couldn’t afford them, so I decided to figure out an alternative.

One day I was in Pier One Imports and they had these bread baskets on sale for a dollar. I decided then and there, they would make the most perfect cloche, and they did. I bought all they had, about 20 of them. I put them around all my new plantings, and I’ve never had a problem since. When the plants get big enough, I removed the covers. By then, the foliage is too tall for the bunnies to dine, or if they do, they don’t cause to much damage.

I still pretend to fly like a hawk, but that’s only to embarrass my kids ;~\

Garden cloche in Helen's Haven

6 responses to “Here’s a gardening trick that works…use a bread basket as a protective cloche”

  1. Joe Valles says:

    So that’s what bunnies do at night – a conga line? Such a funny image. They’re probably doing the bunny hop too. Thanks for the idea. We’ll try it with our sad-looking hostas.

  2. Annette says:

    Simple, genius idea. Also, I never pass up an opportunity to embarrass my kids. 😉

  3. HelenYoest says:

    I hope it helps your hostas, otherwise, join in the dance, it’s better that way…

  4. HelenYoest says:

    Oh yes, we would be remiss if we let those opportunities go by…

  5. Ms Muddy Toes says:

    LOL! I actually have made cover boxes out of farm fence with chicken wire around the bottom for ALL my plants that bunnies might munch. I cut hand hole and growth holes on the top, but the deer still can’t get to the tender little guys either.

  6. Natalie says:

    That is really not a bad idea. Now, I better start looking for those bread basket..Happy Gardening!

    Natalie x

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