I've been reading up on how to keep raccoons out of the garden and there is a lot of information out there. Most of it is either not true - like the page that said "raccoons don't like tomatoes" - or it's not practical.
From soaking rags in ammonia and placing them around the trouble area, to spraying hot sauce all over the plants, one has to be discerning when choosing a method. I don't want my yard to smell like ammonia! And hot sauce does work to keep animals away but it also has it's downfall. Rain washes it away. I also don't know about spraying my vegetables with hot sauce. Will everything I pick to eat be spicy hot? And will raccoons even realize the item is covered in hot sauce until AFTER they've picked it off the vine?
I happened to have an old roll of netting in the garage and brought it out the other day. I painstakingly unrolled it and then put it over the raised bed garden, holding it in place with flower stakes. This was not something I really planned, I just decided to try it last minute. I used what I had.
My netting is difficult to work with. It snags on everything. According to the description of the heavy-duty bird netting pictured, it does not have this problem. I plan to buy some. Then again, maybe my cheap, snagging netting helps deter the raccoons.