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    With all the bad wind i bet all mine are bare too. Im even worse off than you because i havnt been risking the floor stuff. I will have to search out some brambles. I wish i knew if a place was 100% free of wildies. x

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omi View Post
    Well there's not a lot left here The Ash leaves have all fallen due to the wind. There are a few Alder leaves and a few Apple leaves, but they won't last very long. There's a small amount of Cow Parsley and a small amount of Dandelion. And that's it basically. Roll on March

    I've got loads of Cow Parsley and dead nettle and a few fallen ash leaves ... tiny bit of Dandelion.

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    Do you grow all that in your garden mightymax. Im going to grow weeds in spring. I would love to be able to just pick it from the garden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willow and squiggles View Post
    Do you grow all that in your garden mightymax. Im going to grow weeds in spring. I would love to be able to just pick it from the garden.
    Nooo It's from across the way where there's a rare green patch

    I've got some silverweed growing, and hopefully some dead nettle and plantain. Not a lot really - most of the ash leaves were from my neighbour x

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    We've managed to increase the quantity and variety of plants growing in the garden over the years. It's a case of leaving some to flower and seed and not picking it all for the rabbits We have hedges around the outside of the property and it's at the base of the hedges, both inside and outside, that most of the plants are to be found. Most of the plants will quite happily self-seed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omi View Post
    We've managed to increase the quantity and variety of plants growing in the garden over the years. It's a case of leaving some to flower and seed and not picking it all for the rabbits We have hedges around the outside of the property and it's at the base of the hedges, both inside and outside, that most of the plants are to be found. Most of the plants will quite happily self-seed.
    Twigs has *loads* of wonderful weeds in her garden. Absolutely splendid hogweed and loads of it

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post
    Twigs has *loads* of wonderful weeds in her garden. Absolutely splendid hogweed and loads of it
    Yes, I can imagine Twigs' garden and would really love to see it (and her rabbits)

    Hogweed is something that we also have a lot of now, or perhaps it's that I recognise it so much more readily now It's even growing up in the gravel outside the garage

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    I would love a massive garden to grow weeds and plants. Im going to grow marigolds in spring/summer. The buns love the marigold and dandilion hay from b&m and im going to have a go adding in to their other hay too. I cant wait for spring to get started early this year. Ive only just got confident with hogweed. Do you think im being silly not picking forage off the floor when i picked it from the same places a few months ago? Plus all the walking i do i could be easily bringing vhd2 in on my shoes too. I feel silly at times.

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    The Marigolds should be quite easy to grow. Something else to consider would be perennial Geraniums. I don't know how much room you have in your garden, but Geraniums could also be grown in a large container. We have quite a few in the front (cottagey-type) garden and the rabbits love the leaves. They are quite prolific and produce leaves all through the year. I'm even cutting them now.

    I don't think that you're silly about the vhd2 risk, but I find it very difficult to quantify and assess the risk. My rabbits will not get their vaccination until 9th Dec and I know we still get wild rabbits in the garden. I am still giving them Cow Parsley and Plantain from the garden, but have not given them any dropped Apple leaves this year. I know this isn't consistent and I make no excuses for this. I also know that if I was feeding supermarket cabbage I would probably be running the same risk. Also hay must be a risk.

    What I would do in your circumstances is to be careful about your shoes and remove them before entering where the rabbits are.

    The more you know and appreciate about rabbits makes it harder doesn't it

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    Mine are seriously downsizing on outside space. What shall i grow them in pots & small border...that they won't scoff in one go? Any ideas

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