Tobias WhitakerRabbits play an important role here at Whitaker Gardens. Though we are dipping our toes in the water as a potential meat source, they have been providing manure for our gardens for some time now. Years ago, my great-aunt made the suggestion that rabbits would be beneficial to our homestead for their manure. She had decades of experience and I took her advice without thinking twice. 

There are a number of benefits to keeping rabbits, but specifically I want to focus on their role in building up your soil. As we all know, your plants are only as healthy as your soil. In truth, when we fertilize a plot of land we are not feeding the plants but rather the millions of microbes in the soil.

Hazel, our buck.  

Hazel, our buck.

There are a number of nutrients that are important for healthy garden soil but the main three are N-P-K, or nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium. Nitrogen plays an important role in green growth. Phosphorus is vital for plant growth, think flowers and fruit here. It also plays a role in root growth. Potassium helps the plants create protein and sugars, which in turn help plants thrive and stay healthy.

Rabbit manure is loaded with all three. It has more nitrogen (N) than most animal manure including cow, horse and pig manure. Rabbit pellets are also higher in phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) than most other animals as well, containing more of these nutrients than chicken and sheep manure.

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Tobias, a buck named Hazel? Really? There has to be a story behind that. I had two rabbits once with the intention of raising them for not only the manure but also for food. Well, I quickly learned that the family wasn't going to allow that and well some how I ended up with two males. Not so good for breeding rabbits. So Amos and Andy died of old age some years later. They are indeed easy to take care of and produce much faster than any other animal that I know. ***** Have a great rabbit raising day.

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