Some of this blog's readers posted great suggestions in response to the tale of the woodchuck(s) who pillaged the rescue's vegetable garden. The suggestions covered the spectrum of cost and labor options, and Cindy is mulling over all of them.
I also received some offline inquiries for an update on the saga, so here goes...
Surprisingly, the lettuce and the kale appear to be growing back. It would appear that Greedy Gus (or Greedy Gwen) and company didn't rip the plants out -- or, at least, didn't rip out all of the plants. It would be wonderful if even some of the 50 heads of lettuce could grow back, but only time is going to tell just how extensive the damage is. The parsley, tomatoes, celery, and red peppers -- which survived the initial devastation -- continue to remain untouched. Given the cost of red peppers in the grocery stores these days, being able to harvest our own for a little while will be a help.
Cindy and her husband have been working to get the remaining extra fence put in around the garden, but with all the rain we've been getting, this has not been an easy job to finish. They're hoping at least part of the upcoming holiday weekend will be sunny enough to allow them to get outside and finish the project. As for the plants that were eaten, they've decided not to replant this year.
In addition to the excellent suggestions put forth in your comments, Cindy is thinking that next year the garden will be moved to the center of the yard -- further away from the hedgerow that may have been providing the woodchuck with just enough of a sense of security that s/he felt safe scuttling out into the garden and eating. Greedy Gus (or Greedy Gwen) may not be so willing to dig and pillage out in the open.
We'll keep you posted on what she decides to do and, ultimately, how it works. Thanks for the suggestions, and keep 'em coming!