Rabbits: Cute or Cruel?

by Laura Bradley, master gardener

You can generally tell if someone is a gardener or not by the way they react to rabbits. If you are outside with someone and they say, "Look at the cute bunny!" chances are they have never woken up to evaporated lettuce, mowed down tulips, or nibbled tomatoes. These admittedly adorable mammals seem to be especially pesky and prolific in Evanston. I am asked for a rabbit solution that is legal and humane at least once a week during the growing season.

Spring Garden Preparation

If 2014 will be your first garden or your fiftieth, you have the luxury of looking at your space and determining the best place available in your yard, balcony, or windowsill to grow the garden you want. You may have already planned out what you want to grow, now you need to find the right place to set yourself up for success. The three most important considerations for where to place your garden are:

Design and Construction of the Eggleston Anniversary Orchard

An orchard was designed and constructed in Eggleston Park (McCormick Blvd & Bridge Street, Evanston, Illinois, 60201) as joint project of the Northwestern University Brady Scholars (Brady Scholars) and the New Leaf Urban Garden (NLUG), with support from Edible Evanston (EE) and the City of Evanston (City) Parks and Recreation Department (Parks Department). This is the first orchard in an Evanston City Park. The new orchard, constructed in May and June 2013, includes nearly 50 fruit and nut trees and nearly 30 raspberry bushes.

Our Mission

Develop sustainable local food sources by creating urban farms, community gardens, greenhouses, and composting sites. Through these sites, provide educational opportunities for individuals to expand their knowledge of nutrition, growing food, and composting. Incorporate a long-­term commitment to development and preservation of open green spaces in the urban environment. Edible Evanston’s GREENS Approach:

G Growing produce locally
R Restoring open, unused land
E Extending the season (e.g., greenhouses, cold frames, hoop houses, row covers)
E Educating the Community on sustainable food sources and nutrition
N Natural composting
S Sharing surplus produce