Varmint Resistent Veggie Garden Ideas?
I am thinking about putting in two raised planters behind my greenhouse, but I have to come up with some way to keep the varmints out. For me that is mainly gophers, ground squirrels (they're the worst for me), a rare rabbit and rats/mice. Plus birds of course. I am definitely going to have to put hardware cloth on the bottom of the planters, but I am also at a loss as to how to protect against the ground squirrels and rats short of doing a full enclosure, including a roof. Does anyone have any photos of how they've managed to deter these sorts of pests? I'd hate to go to all the time, effort and money just to feed a bunch of rodents! But, I miss my own home-grown tomatoes. Geesh, even in Indiana, where we had deer and rabbits it wasn't this bad. The ground squirrels and rats are just awful, not to mention the gophers. Of which I now have a couple of dirt piles I'm going to have to deal with today or tomorrow. Ugh.