Do you have problems with slugs? We do here in Western Washington. I found that mixing coffee grounds and crushed egg shells make great slug deterrents. They don't like coffee grounds and if they do venture onto them the egg shells cut them up. DD called the crushed egg shells "slug slicers".
Cheating is an option. . . . Cheaters never win and winners never cheat, but smart knitters who want to retain an iota of sanity do, cheerfully. ~~Kory Stamper