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Growing rabbit proof salad with Habitat

by Clare Mansell
Growing rabbit proof salad with Habitat

Over the last few summers we’ve made various attempts to grow vegetables in our garden. The first summer in our house we had a complete disaster when I planted out dozens of tiny little plants I’d nurtured from seed in our raised bed and then saw them obliterated overnight by the local wildlife. The next summer we tried slightly planting in troughs, but the rabbits were still able to reach the leaves to nibble the plants, so we gave up.

Then this summer I had an idea. If we planted lettuces in window boxes then surely nothing would be able to reach them? Our galvanised steel window boxes were gifted to us by Habitat. They are perfect for our coastal location as they are both contemporary and weather proof. They don’t have any drainage holes and initially I was worried the lettuces might become waterlogged, but as we were hanging them under the overhang of the cabin roof we thought they were unlikely to get too sodden.

We planted the first window box two weeks ago and it has grown at an astonishing rate… with no interference from rabbits!

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I was fixated on saving the plants from the rabbits and what I hadn’t anticipated was that they wouldn’t be interferred with by any slugs either, so all the leaves are in perfect condition too without a mark on them. Who knew that lettuces love window boxes so much?

After only a fortnight, we were able to start harvesting our first few lettuce leaves this weekend, served in a lovely bamboo salad bowl…

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The perfect accompaniment to lasagne on a summer’s evening…

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Nothing beats salad leaves plucked fresh from the garden, they are so much tastier and healthier than the chlorine rinsed bags you get from the supermarket (I should know, I’ve had to eat them for the last few years!)

If you have been defeated by rabbits until now, don’t give up! These Holt window boxes are actually in the Habitat sale at the moment reduced from £35 to only £10.50 (A wet summer does have some advantages and good discounts on garden stuff is one of them!) we might get another one for growing herbs by the kitchen!

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6 comments

Louise July 11, 2016 - 8:36 pm

Love those window boxes – habitat have some gorgeous garden things. Such a good idea to grow lettuce in them and keep away those garden pests! x

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Erica Price July 12, 2016 - 2:01 pm

I grow some salad in window boxes inside in our conservatory. There are a couple of months when it’s a bit cold, but I get a longer season that way and as you say no slugs or other pests.

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Gemma Garner July 12, 2016 - 2:06 pm

Lovely looking salad (and dinner!). We haven’t grown any salad this year because I don’t think it would stand a chance against the slugs. Love these window boxes!

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Cass Bailey July 12, 2016 - 3:58 pm

Ooooh I do like these – I’m off to have a look at them now x

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The Mummy Diary July 12, 2016 - 5:11 pm

With so many slugs this year this is the perfect solution, it looks pretty too and I think I might have to give it a go now. I love salad and this is so much better than the pre washed stuff you get at the supermarket i’m sure.

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Donna July 12, 2016 - 9:39 pm

This is such a great idea! I’d never think to grow salad in window boxes – I will be trying this! x

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