This is a very difficult problem, as hungry rabbits are seldom deterred. Traps work; scary things rarely do so for long; yappy dogs are good. The most effective measure is to make small cloches, cages and frames with galvanized chicken netting. Netting the whole garden is less successful as they still get in.
On organic growing
Grow marigolds in the greenhouse in summer to repel a whole range of pests. Use seaweed fertilizer as it is full of good nutrients. Make an insect spray with five finely chopped large chillies soaked in a litre of water for 48 hours. Strain out the bits then use in a sprayer on infested plants. Just a light spray is enough, but do not use on seedlings. Use Biochar mixed with compost for strong growth. Get a wormery and make your own worm compost and liquid feed. The feed makes plants grow strongly with bright green leaves and can be used on lettuce. How between plants every10 days from mid-March to mid-May. It keeps the garden fairly week-free without the use of chemicals.
WILDLIFE – Hedgehogs
Hedgehogs are declining at a staggering rate – rural populations are thought to be down by at least half, and urban populations by around a third. Despite being voted the nations’s favourite mammal by BBC Wildlife Magazine readers in 2013 the humble hedgehog is disappearing on our watch and we gardeners hold the key to its future. There is huge concern among gardeners about the future of our hedgehogs and a great appetite to help them.
The causes of hedgehog decline are many and varied. In rural areas, intensive agriculture has lead to the fragmentation of habitats such as copses and hedges. This has resulted in fewer places to nest, hibernate and forage for food. Roads and motorways carve up habitats and create hazards for hedgehogs. The use of pesticides, fungicides and herbicides may be behind the apparent decline of hedgehog food such as caterpillars, beetles and worms.