My sister sent me a text the other night asking if I still use plastic forks to keep the rabbits from eating my green bean seedlings.
Yep, I sure do.
I sent her back the current picture as evidence.
The garden fairies also wrote about this method in their last update and that post has been shared a few times. Since I cannot let the garden fairies upstage me again, I decided to write my own post.
Here’s the scoop.
When I sow seeds for my green beans and edamame, I line the rows with plastic forks to keep the rabbits from getting to the seedlings. I call these rows a “ForkTress”.
Yes, I am aware that it looks crazy, but doesn’t a lot of what we gardeners do look crazy? Did I mention it is inexpensive because you can buy a box of hundreds of plastic forks for less than $10 at the big warehouse stores?
Of course, there are some people who don’t think this works. And I will not personally guarantee it works everywhere or for everyone, because I don’t want angry mobs of gardeners dumping forks on my front lawn if it doesn’t work for them.. But I know I have personally lost far fewer bean plants to rabbits since I started installing a ForkTress around my beans.
Once the bean seedlings become bean plants, I can remove the forks and the rabbits will leave the plants alone because they really only want the seedlings. And yes, I’m lazy enough that I often leave the forks for the duration and then collect them up when I pull out that row of beans.
Feel free to set up a ForkTress in your own garden and let me know how it works for you.