Recycled Bunny Hutch

Cottonball’s not-so luxurious digs, made from scrap wood and chicken wire.

Somehow, over the years, we’ve become a bunny family. Our first, Cottonball, lived a good life, and has since gone to the Great Carrot-Patch in the sky. Soon after, we replaced our beloved Cottonball with a pair of rescued bunnies; Illy and Frostbite, but that’s a different story. As you can see from the picture to the right, Cottonball lived in the ghetto. In a forgotten corner of our yard, I anchored four posts and found enough scrap wood and chicken wire to build  him a shelter. Cottonball called it home for four years; and for four years, we couldn’t wait to raze it. Once Cottonball ate his final carrot, I took sledgehammer in hand and dismantled the ol’ Bunny Barn, all the way down to the anchor posts.

And there they sat for more than a year; four ugly 4×4’s sticking out of the ground in an already-drab corner of our yard.

Then, last weekend, I had an idea.

Four hours and $40 later, I had a beautiful raised bed garden space, where the old rickety Bunny Barn once stood. No more ugly posts sticking out of the ground. We improved a dreary corner of our yard, and now my wife can plant pumpkins without taking over my flat-land garden.

Recycled Materials
4 in-ground posts 4×4, pressure-treated wood
Chicken wire – layed in bottom to assist in providing easy-draining substrate
Pea gravel – relocated from long-forgotten rock garden and placed in bottom of new bed
Soil – 10 wheelbarrows of top soil from a neighbor’s recent lawn renovation will fill most of this bed
Bunny “business” – the droppings make for a great soil additive; incorporated right into the soil with no need to compost.

New Materials
8  2×4’s white wood, not pressure-treated
1 lb. nails, 3″
1 qt. exterior grade polyurethane wood sealant and a cheap paint brush

With the high-back design, we will be able to trellis or train vertical-growth plants in the rear of the raised bed, while planting low-profile plants up front. There’s room in front of the bed for a detached, long container/planter to hide the unattractive dirt-and-concrete front of the space. A little landscaping on either side of the raised bed and Voila! a quick and inexpensive recycle project and new garden area.

Editors Note: photo, courtesy C. Douros
3×4 raised bed garden – 14″ deep, awaiting soil and plants

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