The Organic Bunny Garden

As summer is upon us, you may be thinking of fun projects for your children, yourself, or your bunny! Why not try a project the entire family, including your bunny, can enjoy? How about planting an organic herb garden? You don’t need a lot of space, and many herbs can be grown in containers if you live in an apartment or have limited yard space.

Below is a list of herbs that are safe for your bunny to eat:

Basil
Chamomile
Cilantro
Dill
Evening Primrose
Lavender
Oregano
Parsley
Rosemary
Thyme

Not sure which herbs to try? Begin with your bunny’s current diet. What herbs does she currently eat on a regular basis? Based on this list, add a few new ones for fun. Remember, always introduce new herbs to your bunny gradually, and in very small amounts. Monitor your bunny’s litter box regularly in order to detect changes in poop and urine (runny poop, or changes in the color of urine can indicate an issue with bunny’s tummy). Any herbs that don’t agree with bunny can always be enjoyed by you and your family. How does fresh basil and oregano sound on your pasta? Yummy!

Depending on how long you want to wait before you can reap what you sow, either purchase seeds or small plants for your garden. Remember, only use non-GMO seeds or organically grown plants, as well as non-toxic, organic soil. Don’t forget, your bunny is an excellent source of organic fertilizer! Bunny poop is fantastic for your garden, it improves soil and contains nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. It is safe on food plants, won’t burn plants like some manures do, and since it’s considered a “cold” manure, you don’t have to let bunny poop age or compost before you use it. So generously sprinkle bunny poop in your garden, or work it into the topsoil as desired.

Please consider your bunny’s health, as well as the environment. Never use pesticides. For additional herbs and veggies that are safe for bunny, click on the link below. Happy growing!

http://www.sandiegorabbits.org/diet/fresh-greens-part-your-rabbits-diet

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Photos courtesy of Alison Giese and Judith Pierce