Some things are meant to get a share of your garden:
The local food bank.
The friends who only come to visit once a year.
Thieving dark-of night or daylight bold as brass rodents, twitchy birds, bugs in pestilence formation--these do NOT deserve a share. That's why you take the time and trouble to go to your local hairdresser and get her sweepings (That's right! human hair) or to the local garden center and secure something like this:
This combo of aromas--atrocious as it is--specifically deters critters like deer (if you're in an area where they're an issue) and rabbits and squirrels. It does work! For some reason, they don't like this concoction dousing their breakfast greens. Can't say I blame them.
Most such products--particularly if they're organic--can be used even same day as harvest, if you think you'd want to do so! But this time of year, the crops are hardly ready for harvest anyway. More likely, you're just trying to give them a fighting chance for survival!
Moral of the story: sometimes smelling bad temporarily is a good thing!
This week's bonus blog link visits the blogger who inspired this very post. Kudos to her as she attempts "one more time" to grow tomatoes despite an aggressive and audacious squirrel population in her back yard!
Bonus blog link: http://heysparky.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/look-at-me-im-sailing/