I like to plant the garden in a borders toward center. For example the outer boarder would have marigolds. The next border would have peppers. The inner layers would have beans and lettuce.
This helps keep the rabbits out of the center rings but the birds would still get in until the owl arrived.
When the real owl moved on, I brought in a plastic decoy. The decoy would work for a day or two, but I found if I relocated it at least every other day, it kept the birds away leaving more goodies for me.