During isolation, we decided to turn the rabbit hutch into a veggie garden.
We loved our bunnies, but Rabbits can cause damage by overgrazing native and sown pastures, (leading to loss of plant biodiversity) and compete with native animals by building warrens which can cause land degradation and erosion. Despite having built a hutch with wire underneath we could not take the risk of them getting out and they had to go. The other problem was the babies, they were so cute but just kept on coming ……
So we planted veggies instead, creating a frame using old water pipe found in the old kiwi fruit farm. Being an aircraft engineer for the International Airport, Brett’s been stood down, so we wanted to do projects that take time and not money. As I had already planted lots of seedlings (broccoli, Brussel sprouts, mustard greens, cabbage, cauliflower, kale and wasabi lettuce) this project was perfect and so much fun to see take form. We’ve covered it in wire netting to protect the brassica’s from cabbage moth and it’s working a treat. The only thing we need to sort out now is a taller door!
It’s worked so well, we’re planning to extend it with a wire section for the tomatoes, cucumbers, and peas. This won’t be netted so the bees can get it and pollinate them.