Creating a garden for your rabbit can be both fun and practical. Equallymore importantly, it can be a reasonably simple task.
This guide tells you how to produce various easy-to-grow veggies that are great for your rabbit’s diet. Kale, Lettuce, Bok Choy, Carrots, Zucchini, and Broccoli.
What Are The Best Vegetables To Grow For My Rabbit?
The best vegetable choices for rabbits are green leafy veggies. These should make up most of the fresh food that you feed your rabbit.
Thankfully many of these are easy to grow: kale, lettuce, carrot tops, and Bok Choy are great places to start for beginner gardeners.
Other (non-leafy) vegetables suitable for rabbits, and shouldn’t be too challenging to grow in your garden are, zucchini (summer squash) and broccoli. Of course, this list isn’t exhaustive, but these are some ideal options for the beginner gardener.
The following is a list of those easy-to-grow vegetables that someone with limited gardening experience can quickly produce for their pet rabbit. (Humans can also eat these nutritious veggies – making this information of extra value).
These vegetables are easy to grow and are also selected for their suitability to be in a healthy rabbit diet:
- Lettuce (not iceberg)
- Bok Choy
- Carrots (including the leafy tops)
- Zucchini (summer squash)
Where Should I Grow My Vegetables?
There are several choices when it comes to deciding on where to grow your vegetables. For someone who is just starting, it’s best, to begin with, a relatively small space.
Raised garden beds are a great option as they allow the soil to drain better – and also, you won’t accidentally walk over your young vegetables.
A raised garden bed means that the soil where you grow your vegetables is higher than the surrounding soil.
You can easily dig up the soil and form it into mound-like structures in its simplest form. You can also add compost while creating your garden.
Many people prefer to use containers made from wood or metal, so there are walls for your garden.
Now where to position your garden beds?
The leafy green vegetables mentioned previously- as in kale, lettuce, and Bok choy, prefer a partially shaded area.
Whereas our root vegetable, carrots, thrive in the sunshine.
It’s good if your garden can be situated close to a water source. Doing such a thing will ensure that you don’t forget about nurturing (and watering) your garden.
Why Do I Need A Garden For My Rabbit?
The convenience of fresh, hand-picked vegetables for your rabbits is a great reason to start a garden.
The Right Kind of Vegetable
Rabbits have sensitive digestive systems, and it’s not uncommon for them to suffer from GI (gastrointestinal stasis).
While the type of vegetable is the most important factor (which will be looked at later), it is also essential to consider the quality.
Avoid Giving Your Rabbit Gut Problems
Feeding your rabbit the limp, soggy carrot lying on the bottom of your refrigerator is really not the best idea. If you wouldn’t eat it yourself, then you shouldn’t be feeding it to your rabbit.
To avoid gut problems, also ensure you use organic gardening practices.
Having your own garden can save you money in the long term. If you have more than one rabbit, regularly buying fresh vegetables can become quite expensive.
You will be saving on transport costs if your vegetables are right at your doorstep.
What Tools Will I Require For Making A Garden?
You could make your own raised garden bed from pieces of timber and various other materials.
However, as someone undertaking bunny gardening for beginners, it may be more convenient for you to buy a kit. There’s a wide variety on the market – many of which require no extra tools for assembly.
If heading off to the gardening shop, don’t forget these basic yet essential gardening tools;
- Hand trowel
- Water hose or Watering can
- Shovel for digging
- Rake, and
- Gardening gloves
Of course, many other products can be helpful in the garden, but these should be sufficient to get you started.
Growing Tips For Leafy Vegetables
These vegetables are best when planted in Spring or Fall (kale can be grown in summer also). They all like to be fertilized and also kept well-watered. Don’t be nervous about starting this venture.
These vegetables regularly appear on ‘easy to grow’ lists, making bunny gardening for beginners a sure success. You can start lettuce seeds in small pots indoors if you wish and then transfer them later.
More Growing Tips
Carrots are one of the easier vegetables to grow. Their main requirement is that they have soil that is not too packed too tightly and can drain quickly.
They also enjoy good sandy soil where possible and need lots of water, especially at the start.
If you find your carrots growing too close together, pull some out so that they are not all fighting each other for space.
Broccoli likes similar soil conditions to carrots. However, it requires constant water – not just when it’s young.
Zucchini do extra well if they begin their life indoors. But this is not a necessity. They also like to have some space to spread out – also make sure you water them regularly.
What About Herbs For My Rabbit?
Herbs can be fun to grow. You can keep them in small pots inside your house or outside on your veranda. Your rabbit will also love herbs!
Mint, basil, and cilantro are all herbs that are easy to grow. These herbs generally like hot weather and moist soil.
Should I Feed My Rabbits Only Vegetables?
Although you may be feeling excited about growing your vegetables for your rabbit, don’t forget about the essential aspect of its diet – hay!
Hay should still be the most considerable amount of the food it consumes. About 1 cup of greens, twice a day, is ample vegetables for your rabbit to stay happy and healthy.
What Vegetables Should I Avoid Feeding To My Rabbit?
Iceberg lettuce is probably one of the first foods pointed out when discussing vegetables for your rabbit to avoid. Perhaps because it seems like such a classic ‘rabbit food’.
However, it can cause diarrhoea and also the afore-mentioned GI stasis, which can result in death.
Avoid these other vegetables that can cause your rabbit harm.
Grains – such as beans and peas,
Onions and anything from the onion family
It’s good to mix up your rabbit’s diet and give them variety, but also be careful about changing its diet very suddenly. Take extra care with rabbits that are still young.
Can I Let My Rabbit Run Around My Garden?
If you have grown only those safe plants for your rabbit to consume, it should be acceptable for your rabbit to explore the garden.
You will still need to take all the usual precautions to ensure that the area is rabbit safe.
If you have used treated timber to create raised garden beds, ensure that your rabbit doesn’t chew on them.