A cute little baby woodchuck made his way into my garden and thought that it was just a real nifty all-you-can-eat buffet. The lettuce--gone. The rudbeckia and about half of the liatrus--gone. The one little pepper already in progress--bitten into and spit out. How rude.
Mike put an empty coffee can in the garden and shot at it with a B-B gun in an effort to scare the critter away but that had only limited effect. I went to the garden center and bought a spray that is supposed to taste nasty. It cost around twelve dollars and the ingredients list included herbs, spices, and oils. I suppose I could have made it myself. Mike said it sounded like something I would eat for supper (not being receptive to my vegetarian efforts). I also bought some coyote urine. Would you believe that cost nearly $18?
If I actually harvest a tomato out of that garden it will have cost me about a hundred bucks. I'm thinking the farmers' market is the way to go in the future.