One of the items on a bucket list for most pet rabbit owners is having an edible garden for rabbits! Being able to serve a small salad bowl of fresh leaves and flowers to your rabbit regularly is a lovely thought! So how can we achieve that?
If you live in an apartment, don’t fret. There are herbs and flowers that you can grow in pots indoors, on a balcony or your window sill.
If you have in a garden, be mindful that what you grow may also attract wild rabbits which may bring with the calicivirus or myxomatosis. It would be wise to cover up your vegetable garden with netting to avoid damage by birds and other wild animals.
Here’s a short list of suitable vegetables, herbs and flowers to grow for your rabbit.
Vegetables for Rabbits:
- Bok Choy
- Carrot tops
- Cucumber leaves
- Pak Choy
- Red or green lettuce
- Romaine lettuce
Herbs for Rabbits:
- Cilantro or coriander
- Lemon balm
Flowers for Rabbits:
- Calendula (Pot Marigold)
You could also refer to PDSA’s list of unsafe and safe vegetables for rabbits.
When growing vegetables, herbs or flowers for your rabbits, it is important that you practise organic gardening. Pesticides and herbicides may harm your rabbit. Otherwise, ensure that your usage of pesticides and herbicides is minimal and that you wash the vegetables, herbs and flowers thoroughly under running water before feeding them to your rabbit. A good alternative is having a set of dried organic herbs and flowers handy for when your rabbit gives you ‘the stare’.
Now that you are all geared up to start gardening, check out this blog about Growing an Edible Garden for Rabbits and their recommended product – The Bunny Garden Variety Pack. Happy planting!