Looking at my most recent posts, I realized that my most recent post is, "A Good Snow Day Project," directly preceded by the first one on fall gardening. Oops.
Fortunately this post, while I happen to be growing cauliflower and lettuce yet again, brings something new to the table. I went away for two weeks to camp, and when I returned, two of my radishes were well into growth, while the rest of the row was totally empty. Hmmmm...
This post from Premeditated Leftovers was a godsend—an easy way to prepare environmentally friendly rabbit repellent with four ingredients, one of which is water. I even get to mash together an unsightly concoction, let it stew in the yard, and spray it over the garden with no repercussions whatsoever.
You'll need ground red pepper, garlic, and dish soap. We keep a large container of red pepper seasoning with our gardening stuff to repel rabbits, though the concept of mixing it with other deterrants is new to me. The garlic is from our CSA (community supported agriculture) box, and is local and organic. And the dish soap is all-natural, as always.
First, fill a bucket with water. Add a generous sploosh of dish soap, seven or eight dashes of red pepper, and a battalion of garlic cloves. (It's not an exact science.) I smashed my garlic cloves before adding them, so they'll release more lovely pungent juices. And I threw in the peels, because why not?
Let that brew in a sunny spot for a couple days. Then pour into a spray bottle and go crazy! You'll need to reapply once a week and after it rains. But seriously, it's worth it. See how cute they are?