I’m No Mr. McGregor

We all know the tale about that famous gardener who is protective of his garden and the hungry and curious little Peter Rabbit. The silly rabbit invades Mr. McGregor’s garden (not to be confused with Mr. McGregor’s  daughter’s garden) to gorge himself on the fruits of the gardener’s labor, then loses his clothes in the process of fleeing from Mr. McGregor’s wrath and returns home sick and exhausted. I understand the damage those little bunnies can do but last night I was definitely no Mr. McGregor! While I was mowing around our yard four bunnies ran out from their hiding places afraid of the sounds of the riding mower. I couldn’t bring myself to continue mowing until I knew they were out of the way and safe so I gathered up those that I could and put the bunnies in a tall bucket until I was finished mowing.

I was only able to gather three of the little rabbits, the fourth was a clever little one – possible Peter himself! I released all the bunnies back into my yard and back into their nest after I finished mowing for the night. Yes I know, I’ll probably regret that one day. But the kids got to see a little bit of mother nature in our backyard – just where it should be!

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Dave has written GrowingTheHomeGarden.com since 2007. He gardens on an acre and a half where he raises his 4 children. He enjoys growing vegetables, herbs, and propagating plants. Dave has a side business growing and selling heirloom vegetables and herb plants through Blue Shed Gardens and works as a real estate agent in Spring Hill, TN.


  1. Interesting you should mention bunnies because I found one in my garage this afternoon. The problem is I have Reggie the West Highland Terrier and his life is hunting. So, I asked my husband to come out sans dog to put the bunny somewhere else.

    As he went to move the bunny, the rabbit quickly jumped into some foliage.

    I am a big fan of Beatrix Potter having read all of her books. I don't know if you know this but she actually had a pet rabbit named Peter and also one named Benjamin (who was Peter's cousin in the book). Just a little trivia!


  2. Aaawwwww, that was sweet of you. I know the girls enjoyed the little bunnies. They are so cute.
    We had a large bunny for a pet when I was a kid. We sure enjoyed that rascal.

  3. They are the sweetest little things! You're a sweetheart for keeping them safe.

  4. Sweet little bunnies! Perhaps it WAS Peter that got away… you didn't find any little blue pants? ha! We found bunnies once when our children were little. It was quite the treat! :-)

  5. I hear ya Dave! We just spray some garlic oil around to keep the rabbits a way, so far so good…I love it when my girls get to see nature first hand! What a great Dad you are.

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