June 28, 2002

Susceptibility of Plants to Rabbit Damage

Rabbits can cause extensive damage to flowers and vegetables in the home garden. Fortunately,
some plants are usually ignored by browsing rabbits. In 1994, a survey of the feeding habits of rabbits was
conducted by Master Gardeners and extension agents in Ohio. From this survey, preliminary lists of plants
that are moderately to severely damaged by rabbits and those plants seldom damaged were developed.
Home gardeners should be aware that the feeding habits of rabbits may vary due to fluctuations in the

Renovating June-bearing Strawberries

Strawberries are one of the most popular and easy to grow fruits of the summer. June bearing strawberries (one of several types of strawberries) can be productive for several years with proper care, but after harvesting and eating the last of the tasty fruits, the real work for next year's crop begins. If you haven't already done so, now is the time to renovate June-bearing strawberry beds. Renovation requires the removal of old leaves, the narrowing of rows to 8-inch wide strips, fertilization, and irrigation.