OK! so I googled it and came up with a few ways to keep the garden rats out (squirrels) Some I thought were very mean. So I read that they do not like marigolds, the smell of them, so I have placed some throughout the garden. They are still in their pots and if it works, I will plant them among the veggies. Here are some updated photos of how things are going and you will notice some squirrel holes here and there. Also you will see the never ending battle with the oak leaves and bamboo leaves.