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Rabbits

Postby Muddyboot68 » Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:26 pm

Hi All
I am new to the forum and newish to growing fruit and veg. I have recently got an allotment, my Broad Beans have been nibbled by rabbits but not destroyed completely, should I fence the beans or is the nibbling suggestive of them not liking them. This may be a utterly stupid question but I don't know if rabbits eat broad bean plants.
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Re: Rabbits

Postby Stephen » Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:56 pm

I have no idea if rabbits like broad bean plants or not but they will eat most green leaves.
I'd put some chicken wire around them. You will need to dig it in.
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Re: Rabbits

Postby Westi » Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:21 pm

Welcome Muddyboot68!

Are you sure that it was rabbits? Is there evidence of droppings or scratching? Rabbits will eat just about anything & not just nibble; but broad beans get a notched edge from some bug that doesn't affect the crop. Either way protect your crops if you can't fence the plot & have a rabbit issue, not only dig in any form of protection but also turn the edges out or cover the top so they bang their heads when they try to climb it. I witnessed them making a quick job of climbing my chicken wire fence to be gone when I surprised them with an early visit.
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Re: Rabbits

Postby Muddyboot68 » Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:59 pm

Thanks Stephen and Westi, it turns out that it may be a leaf minor bee that nibbles the leaf and as Westi said it do not affect the crop, this was from a very knowledgeable man on the allotment. We do have rabbits so I will block them. Thanks Both
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