We discovered a critter (more than likely a squirrel) had been digging around the garden.
Holes were dug in pots, and an Impatient was uprooted from the ground.
Between this, and the problem with birds stealing our tomatoes, I went online and purchased a small greenhouse (identical to the one pictured above.) Probably a pipe dream for protecting my vegetables, but I figured it would be less unsightly than having all kinds of netting and everything else draped over my plants.
The only thing is that I'm not sure how to maintain a greenhouse in sweltering central Texas. Today we hit 103 --- Imagine how much hotter it would be inside the greenhouse? Before I turned on my AC today, my house got up to 88. My pool water hit 80. What would a greenhouse maintain?
If anything, I'm hoping to be able to grow vegetables this winter and get an early start next spring...