I have a friend who wants to plant a garden were she has moved, but she has a huge rat problem and is afraid that if she plants a garden they will be a nuisance. She is afraid of using poison or conventional traps because she also has a few families of squirrels that live in her yard and around her. She wants to get rid of the rats (or at least deter them) without hurting or harming the squirrels. We are trying to come up with a solution before spring so we can get a garden well established by May. If anyone has any experience or suggestions we'd greatly appreciate it!
I, too, had a squirrel and rat problem. The only thing that worked was building a walk-in cage. I built mine out of pvc, 19g vinyl covered hardware cloth, zip ties, and a few hinges for the door. Solved the problem. If you don't want to use pvc, you could always hire a carpenter to build one out of wood.