Adopt a Rabbit for Your Garden

An adopted rabbit from an animal shelter can be a cheap source of manure for your garden.
February/March 1999
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Adopt a rabbit from the local animal shelter. The bunny gets a good home, and you get organic manure for your garden. It's a win-win!


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I recommend visiting your local pound or animal shelter to adopt an unwanted rabbit (or two). I adopted one to provide manure for my small backyard garden plot. He gets pellet feed, vegetable peelings, yard clippings, and a carrot a day (I pay 90C for a five-pound bag, or about 25 carrots). In return, the rabbit provides animal manure for my vegetable beds.

It only cost $5 for his adoption fee, while pet-store rabbits cost $20 and up. Surprisingly, enough rabbits pass from the stores to the pound to the gas chamber each year, that anytime you walk in, you can find one or more.

-Brian Pang Oakland, California