When you have a large stash to hide, it pays to cultivate a rabbit garden. A stratagem well known to successful gardeners, it acknowledges that a garden full of vegetables will attract rodents and other marauders. These are persistent animals, who will bite through, or dig under, most physical barriers. To safeguard your garden, you need to supplement the physical with the psychological. Set up one smaller garden for the raiders, with barriers that are easily breached. Once the rabbits have taken the edge off their hunger, they may not have the enthusiasm to tackle the main garden, which you need to have barricaded much more carefully.
Not having been a gardener, the first time I heard of the rabbit garden was when I read Robert Crichton's book, The Secret of Santa Vittoria. The treasure of this Italian village, during the World War II German occupation, was its stash of over a million bottles of excellent wine. Knowing that they would not be able to keep their wine hidden from theRead More »from The Rabbit Garden