woodchuck eating squash plant leaves
OK, I have never grown vegetables other than tomatoes before. This season I put in 2 yellow and 2 green squash plants. Two of the plants are in my garden next to my patio and they are fine, but the other 2 are more on the outside of the garden and I have a resident woodchuck that I think has been eating the leaves off the plants.
Usually he stays out in the yard, but I have caught him twice right in the garden, which is mostly perennials with a few tomato plants growing in it. The leaves on one of the zucchini plants are completely gone, with just the stalks showing. He's chomped down on some of the leaves of one of the other plants as well. I know this sounds ignorant, but will these plants grow vegetables without leaves and will the woodchuck eat the vegetables that grow?
He has occasionally come into the garden to take tomatoes over the last few years. For the record, this woodchuck has lived out back in a very sububran neighborhood for at least 7 years and he is huge. Mostly he just eats weeds and the grass, but he's getting braver now in coming close to the house where the garden is located. What to do here?