Nice sounding gardens everyone! I have some raised beds in the back but have failed miserably at gardening for the past 3 years.
The first year I had small neon orange pumpkins, some cantaloupe that were about the size of a baseball (but still tasted yummy!), miniature carrots and green beans that were about 10 inches long. I was sure I had radioactive soil . I move the boxes to a sunnier patch of the back yard two years ago. The garden is now the local hangout for the neighborhood squirrels, rabbits and a groundhog.
I've tried some environmentally, non-toxic deterrent with no results. Aside from building a fence for mesh cover for them, I'm at my wits end at what to do.
I use the Contech Scarecrow to keep the animals away from the garden. I have to replace the 9 volt battery a few times throughout the summer, but it works really well at deterring the wildlife.