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Old 09/19/08, 09:30 PM
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Rabbit Poop For Victory In Your Garden!

Rabbit Poop For Victory In Your Garden!

The grass is always greener over by the rabbit hutches.

If you are preparing your garden beds to over winter, lay in some rabbit manure.

It's not a "hot" manure so it can be added directly to garden beds.

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Old 09/19/08, 09:34 PM
 
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I agree with you there, Franco! Rabbit poop is the best for the garden. There was a little corner that we planted with squash and pumpkins that had not received its share... and the results showed it. Sure made an impression on my son... so I'm hoping for a greater willingness on his part to transfer the garden gold from the summer rabbitry to the veggie garden this fall.

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Old 09/19/08, 10:57 PM
 
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I have been placing the poop in my beds for the next season, but the extra large population of earth worm has attracted MOLES!!!!!!!

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I should note that one of the side effects of poo powered gardens is zuchini's that won't die, and huge veggies that attract Stupid Chickens to go eat them all! (Not the zukes, of course. Why would they eat those???)

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Old 09/20/08, 06:40 AM
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If you want to grow some seriously prize winning tomatoes, grow them in composted rabbit bedding. You will have more tomatoes then you know what to do with!

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I'm planning next year's poop-powered veggie garden already.

Beaniemom, make some chicken vegetable soup.

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Old 09/20/08, 09:07 AM
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We put our pumpkins and summer squash in a raised bed that was filled with nothing but rabbit poo, WOW!

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1 rabbit per 500sq ft of garden

At a used book sale I had purchased "Home Gardening at Its Best" by Sal Gilbertie. From my understanding of what I've read in the book is that rabbit manure is well balanced in the NPK department. And that one rabbit will provide enough waste to cover 500 sq ft of garden soil. If my math is correct that is 25x20 ft garden.

I have my one cali doe in a large pen, about 8x20', and she uses a corner for her droppings. I am so happy that she has decided to do this as all I have to do is go in with a small garden shovel and scoop out weekly.

This sure beats buying and lugging bags of manure. I'm so tickled pink.

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i used to keep rabbits just for their poo, it's so good. it is mild enough you can even use it on houseplants, but you might not appreciate the smell.

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are you saying that I should blame bunny poop for my BUSH squash turning into the squash of the "take over the world variety"? ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then NO MORE BUNNY POOP! NO MORE, NOT ONE BIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 09/20/08, 08:34 PM
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We are planning raised beds and rotating cages to set on the tops of them.

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We are planning raised beds and rotating cages to set on the tops of them.
Don't forget wire on the bottom of the raised bed so they can't dig out..
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Old 09/20/08, 08:49 PM
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Don't forget wire on the bottom of the raised bed so they can't dig out..
No, you misunderstood me. We are going to set their cages across the top of the raised beds, so the poop can fall through to the beds.
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No, you misunderstood me. We are going to set their cages across the top of the raised beds, so the poop can fall through to the beds.
Please be sure that raccoons and other varmints can't reach into the cages. Raccoons will grab any part of a rabbit they can reach, pull it to the bars and eat it alive. They can get their paw through a space less than an inch wide. Predators can also scare rabbits to death or panic them into breaking their backs or necks.

I'm not trying to put you off the idea - it's a good one - just want to make sure you take predators into consideration when setting things up.
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Old 09/21/08, 05:25 AM
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I too use rabbit poop; here's my question. How do you all clean all the hay out of the droppings? I mean, I scoop out a good deal of it, but still enough left to make horsenettle weeds and other unwanted stuff during growing season.
What do you do? (please dont tell me to weed diligently . . . . there's a long stretch during summer that it doesn't happen. Even when I do, there's still so much weeds (HORSE NETTLE) that people think it's some kind of vegetable.

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i leave the hay in.... makes for a good compost in your soil. attracts worms too. But then again, I put my rabbit droppings into a composter first with all my other veggie waste.

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I too use rabbit poop; here's my question. How do you all clean all the hay out of the droppings? I mean, I scoop out a good deal of it, but still enough left to make horsenettle weeds and other unwanted stuff during growing season.
What do you do? (please dont tell me to weed diligently . . . . there's a long stretch during summer that it doesn't happen. Even when I do, there's still so much weeds (HORSE NETTLE) that people think it's some kind of vegetable.
Never had a proplem with hay causing major weeds. Maybe try a different supplier?

You other alternative, and it is a good one, is to mulch heavily (6 inches) once the plants are established. If you do it after a good heavy rain it will also reduce your watering needs. You can use straw, dried grass clippings, hay... whatever's available. It effectively keeps weeds from germanating, keeps vegetable roots cooler in hot weather, keeps in moisture... and we have hardly seen a tomato worm since we started doing this!
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Old 09/21/08, 06:05 PM
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good idea maggie, I have done that in past gardens, I forgot that I've done it. The places that came up the weediest were outside of the beds, but boy were they full of nettles! A man mows for me, and I kept having to tell hime to clip the ones I dont get. So many of 'em, that I guess he thought they were decorative! (dont blame him; during a real busy period in summer there were many many in empty spots.)
Thanks for reminding me.

I put an ad in paper for 2 of the rabs I thought I didn't want anymore; much to my surprise I got tons of replies. Then dd told me the doe of the pair had just kindled. (they're 'her' rabbits, but she's really lost interest.) After all the babies grow and get put in freezer, I know I'll have time for this pair again. I spoke with 2 folks who'll be willing to wait till the kits are weaned,t hen take them. I feel a pang right now, because I really like that pair. So, in 6 weeks, I might have 2 pr of breeder rabbits, still, or guess I can change my mind. . . . One mini lop, one pr californians. When babies come, everything is piles of poop & piles of feed & hay. Lots to deal with, especially with a busy life. Once kits are freezer food, it'll calm down again.

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we've had red worms (esinia fetida) for composting food waste for a few years. the vermicompost is a great growth promoter for seeds. Now we are trying vermicomposting the "bunny beans". The first worm bin that I fed rabbit droppings is really happy!

Here's hoping I can start to trade red worms soon, and maybe even finished compost (once I get my new garden all fed)

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Old 10/18/08, 09:06 AM
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Franco, I had to laugh at the title of this thread!

As for the rabbit manure, it's the best!! I already have raised beds that are full of wonderful compost; adding the rabbit manure has made things even more prolific!

And golly, 8 holes will give you loads of manure!

We also compost the offal that the dog and cats won't eat, and it's a grand addition to the bins. A friend expressed concern about varmints in the compost pile, but <knock wood> so far so good. Don't know if it's because I keep the piles hot and active, or just that we don't have a lot of animal problems in our area.

Another vote for Bunny Poo -- and yes, we use the hay/straw with it as well, and heavy mulching elminates weeds, except for the occasional oat grass that sprouts up when the rabbits make a mess of their food.

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