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I have planted fruits trees and vegetables (raised beds) in my side yard. Every summer i have visitors (not sure which ones) in the form of gophers, squirrels, rabbits (maybe), mice (maybe) that eat my fruits and vegetables. I would be happy to share some of my production with my visitors but sometimes I feel it is unfair (they ate my entire Kale plant and did not leave me anything). Any ideas on how to deter these visitors from eating my share of the loot. I cover my vegetable raised beds with a net but somehow these guys get in from under the net (not the raised bed). Any recommendations on what i can do without hurting them and doing it organically?

  • I already have a backyard fence but these visitors (gophers, squirrels) get in by climbing over the fence or digging from under. So a fence wont' help. Another fence around the raised bed may help but then I also have fruit trees to protect. I looked at the post and got a few ideas. – JStorage Apr 13 '16 at 22:29
  • Since you got some ideas from that other post, would you consider it a duplicate? – Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL Apr 13 '16 at 23:50
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    I make a spray using crushed garlic and ginger and water, I spray the ground lightly and the containers and for me this has worked, most animals don't like the smell or taste of garlic and ginger also helps with bugs. – Debra Brooks Apr 14 '16 at 17:25
  • @DebraBrooks can you send me the recipe in terms of the proportions you used? I hope it did not deter bugs that help with pollination – JStorage Apr 14 '16 at 17:28
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    I love you that you don't want to hurt your neighbors! I have mass bunnies, especially since I started feeding them when my stupid neighbor shot my beloved feral cat that took care of baby bunnies and rodents. I have a green house and simply using bunny fencing keeps them out perfectly. Gophers and squirrels are a bit different and I have both but no problems. I also put out hay for deer and peanuts for squirrels and gophers are into the grubs in the soil. Harmony. I am not into companion planting and spraying with smelly stuff. What do you know are your neighbors? – stormy Apr 17 '16 at 1:31