Gardeners love the natural look in the garden until the critters start wandering in. Deer and rabbits both are drawn to emerging vegetables and new seedlings while animals like moles not only destroy root systems but can devour root veggies from the underside. No one magical solution exists, so be prepared to try a combination of ideas for best results. Fighting the good fight against those rabbits, deer and other animals can be frustrating, but a few techniques can help save your veggies for the ones you grew them for--your family.
Use a cayenne pepper spray to protect thick-skinned vegetables such as corn. Spray stalks and cobs with a water bottle that contains a touch of tabasco or cayenne. After deer or raccoons get that first bite, they won't come back for a second. Don't spray anything that could soak up the heat from the peppers.
Hang pie pans from string on stakes around the edges of your garden. As the shiny pans sway in the wind and clink around, they'll scare most animals and birds away.
Scatter human hair clippings around plants especially susceptible to pests. Many deer find this especially offensive and stay away.
Plant marigolds and herbs around the perimeter of your garden. Rabbits in particular are repelled by the pungent scents of these plants and will stay away.