How do you keep critters out of your vegetable garden?

Due to recent disabilities, I want to do a raised (on a table) square foot garden this year. The major problem I will encounter are all of the friendly four footed furry friends that will come and visit it. Even though we are on several acres, our house is close enough to neighbors that noise makers are not possible and light does nothing to frighten then away. Nothing exotic out there, just some foxes, coyotes, raccoons, skunks, opossums, deer and several feral cats. Maybe a spray on mixture, even if it had to be applied every day...THANKS

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Attach a motion activated switch to a rain bird sprinkler and when an animal comes near the garden the sprinkler will come on and scare it away.

Could also be used on a spotlight trained on the garden and most animals avoid light and will run away.

It's safe and won't harm our animal friends!

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Try some companion planting. For example, deer do not like marigolds. Also, places like Johnnys Seed sell a spray wax that has the active ingredient of peppers in it which deters animals of making a meal of your garden. Just wash well before eating.
Minor clarification: Capsaicin deters mammals.
jtobako8 years ago
I don't think that most of those are going to be a problem-foxes, coyotes and feral cats aren't interested in vegetables. Raccoons, skunks and opossums tend to be insect eaters. None of these should be a problem UNLESS you have been feeding them (including letting them into your garbage). Deer, well, deer can jump a six foot fence : )
I wouldn't want carnivores leaving any 'presents' in my garden.
Why would they? Scat is used as a territory marker (same as a fireplug to a dog) and the only reason they would be up on a surface would be if they were hunting-and they would be hunting the animals eating the vegetables.
Bird netting ($0.07 per square foot on Ebay) might provide some gentle discouragement to critters carelessly wandering through. As for keeping out plant-eaters, try planting tomatoes, chives, garlic, marigolds, and other strong-smelling plants.