Not more than a few hours after carefully sowing our seeds in nice straight rows, plant stakes in place with names and planting date, we went out to finish the watering job Mother Nature had started. Our lovely garden, well mulched with an even coat of alfalfa hay, had big gouged out areas, hay tossed aside, spots in the amended soil -- amended with steer manure -- showing dark and moist.
As this area is inside our block walls, the culprit couldn't be a rogue javelina, mule deer, or bobcat. No birds around are big enough, or interested enough, to so seriously mar the new garden. No children here to run amuck.
The real culprit
The string and tin foil solution? So far so good.