How to keep rats out of vegetable garden?
After 37 years, I finally own a house and a garden in the city of Chicago. The problem is our yard, and the whole neighborhood, has TONS and TONS of rats - the size of cats. There are traps in our backyard and all over the neighborhood but they're of no help. I don't mind if rats get into my flowers this spring, but it gives me the heeby jeebies to think about them in my vegetables. They have burrowed into all of the soil. So I was going to get a raised garden bed kit and use that for veggies. Then I was thinking about putting wire mesh around it. But will the rats get in anyway? Anyone else have any ideas?