Q. What do I plant around the garden to keep animals out
A. Fast-growing tall hedges – about 10 years ago!
Seriously, I don’t know of anything – short of a tall fence – that will discourage animals. Even an electric fence won’t keep deer out, unless it has several strands – as we’ve discovered in the Utah Hogle Zoo garden in SLC, Utah.
And smaller animals aren’t deterred even by an electric fence. The best solution is a fence with small enough squares to keep even the rabbits and squirrels out. Anything less is just a palliative measure, and a waste of time.