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Rabbit Droppings as Garden Fertilizer

Remember when I told you that, on the advice from a Smockity reader, I used rabbit droppings as organic fertilizer? It worked!

I carefully dug shallow trenches between some of the rows in my raised beds and added the pellets, covering them loosely, and watering well. I made sure not to let the droppings come into contact with the leaves or stalks of the plants.

I didn't incorporate the droppings into every row for a very scientific reason that is too complicated to explain here.  Okay, it was because I didn't have time, but it turned out to be scientific because it gave me pretty conclusive evidence that the rabbit droppings almost immediately affected the growth of the plants.

The rows without the droppings continue to grow very slowly, and the rows with the droppings are much taller, and greener than those. Hopefully, this will continue and the produce will be more plentiful. We are even seeing some evidence of that already!

Lookie! Corn!

Here is a view with my 7 year old, so you can see how tall the corn is.

I am definitely planning to add more rabbit droppings to my garden!

Now it's your turn. How is your garden doing? Link up directly to your gardening post below, and remember to include a link to one of the Gardening Divas in your post, so your readers can join in the fun.

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  1. My photo didn’t work! Can you delete my link so I can try again pretty please? Thank you!

  2. Emily E says:

    ohh- I have a rabbit, and therefore, plenty of droppings. I’ll have to try this. What’s your advice on how to use them?

  3. You really do not have to worry about the rabbit droppings touching your plants. Putting them in a shallow trench was to help them come in contact with the roots faster. This is the one manure that will not burn the plants. I am so glad it is helping your garden. We are depending on our garden to help with the food costs this winter and I sympathize!

  4. Natalie says:

    I have 2 rabbits and use their rabbit droppings as well! They have litter boxes and I use the recycled paper litter so I can just dump it in a bin and use it later when needed. I read somewhere that rabbit poo is #2 on the list for the best manure to use for the garden (I cannot remember what is #1!).
    I also want to mention that this is the 2nd year for me to use the lasagna method. If you want to learn more about it, let me know. There is a book called “lasagna gardening” by Patricia Lanza but I originally found out about this method watching The Homestead Blessing Gardening DVD. It basically is a layered method of newspaper, hay, green (grass clippings, kitchen scraps) and brown compost, manure etc. that you can use right out of your own backyard! Love it and it works!

  5. That’s so interesting! Our neighbor used cow manure and now has a LOT of weeds and junk so I wouldn’t recommend using that ever (besides the nasty job of getting it in the garden!) We have a wild rabbit that lives under the shed, near our garden so I’m wondering if he’s been “helping” our corn. I’ll have to check this weekend. Since Hubby and I both have pretty black thumbs. :)

  6. Bunny berries do make an excellent natural fertilizer. They can be applied directly without need to compost, as they do not burn. They’re also safe for food crops. But unless you feed your rabbits only organic greens and hay, your rabbit droppings are not truly organic.


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