Rattle Away Critters
Squirrels, birds, rabbits and deer tend to scatter at sharp, sudden sounds. If these critters have been helping themselves to the produce in your vegetable garden (or the bulbs and seeds in your flower beds), try sticking a few 3-foot-high wooden poles or dowels into the dirt throughout your garden and using string to attach an aluminum pie plate to each one. Use a thumbtack to pin one end of the string near the top of the pole, punch a hole in the pie plate, run the loose end of the string through the hole, and tie off the plate so that it hangs about midway down the pole. With even a slight breeze, the pans will rattle against the poles and help scare away garden invaders.