If you have pet rabbits, you might like to grow an edible garden for rabbits, for example, herbs, vegetables and flowers either in your garden or the window sill or on your apartment balcony. Here are our top picks of easy-to-grow herbs, vegetables and flowers that will not only bring you joy but also delight your pet rabbit.
Growing a Herb Garden for Rabbits
There are a number of medicinal herbs suitable for rabbits. However, we shall limit our suggestions to only those that are easy to grow and which we know for sure that rabbits will love (from our own experience of having pet rabbits).
Fennel – Helps with bloating/gas and milk flow of nursing does.
Marjorim – Helps with digestive problems, uterine discomfort and calms nerves.
Mint – Helps with indigestion as it relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract indigestion, decreases the milk flow of does during weaning and is a good herb for treating mastitis. However, do not feed mint to young rabbies or lactating moms.
Parsley – Enriches the blood and is good for reducing inflammation in bladder & kidneys.
Rosemary – Lowers blood pressure, is good for reducing weakness and depression in rabbits.
Sage – Reduces lactation when weaning, is a digestive stimulant and a uterine stimulant. This herb should be used with caution and should be avoided during pregnancy of a rabbit.
Thyme – Good for diarrhoea.
Growing a Vegetable Garden for Rabbits
Kale – Rabbits love kale. However, due to kale’s calcium content, it would be good to limit the quantity that your rabbit receives. Adding a few leaves of kale to your rabbit’s diet can improve your rabbit’s mood.
Chard – It is safe for rabbits as it is totally non-toxic and therefore does not pose a poisoning threat. Research suggests that it may actually benefit their overall health.
Bok Choy – Rabbits love green leafy vegetables. Bok choy is low in oxalates compared to spinach, while being high in vitamins and anti-oxidants.
Growing a Flower Garden for Rabbits
And now for my favourite part! Growing flowers for rabbits also means that I get to enjoy the cheery disposition that flowers exude!
There are heaps of flowers that rabbits will happily eat in a wildflower meadow. Here are some of our top picks of flowers to grow.
Dandelion – The last thing you want is for dandelion seeds to fly all over your garden. But given that your rabbit will be eating the fresh flowers well before they dry up, the risk is low. Dandelion flowers and leaves are safe for rabbits to eat. They are very nutritious and contain beta-carotene, iron, calcium, potassium and vitamins B1, B2, B5, B6, B12, C, E, and D.
Chamomile – It is commonly known for its calming effects. It is suitable for rabbits, is anti-fungal and may have antibiotic properties.
Nasturtium – Nasturtium leaves contain Vitamin C and iron while the flowers contain vitamins B1, B2, B3, C and minerals like manganese, iron, phosphorus, and calcium. Your rabbits will love nasturtiums and it is great that nasturtiums can grow rather quickly.
Marigold – Be careful here as the only version that suits rabbits is pot marigold or calendula. Rabbits love their petals which have carotenoids, flavoxanthin and auroxanthin which are antioxidants. It doesn’t hurt too that their leaves and the stems have lutein, carotenoids, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene.