Rats in the Garden

A concerned gardener wrote in this week:

"Rotten rodents! ...I have some rodent, maybe squirrels but more likely rats, that help themselves to whatever is young and tender in the garden. They have just decapitated all of my new little lettuces and broccoli. In the summer it was the new string beans that they decimated. How do I get rid of them?"

When someone uses the word "decapitate" I think of rats.  I have had a similar problem at my community plot, where broccoli plants have been eaten off right in the center, up from the ground about 6-8 inches.  Likewise, over the summer, my tomatoes ...

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