How do i protect my tomato and green chilli plats from raccoons, rabbits and squirrels in the garden?!?

Hi, i’m new at gardening, and wanted to start with planting some tomato plants and green chilli plants in my backyard garden, or in pots. For sunshine i will have to put them either in the ground in the backyard, or take the pots out for atleast 6 hours of sunshine. During this time, i fear, the raccoons and squirrels will eat my plats and destroy them. Because this happened the last summer when my sunflowers buds were just beginning to bloom, they were nipped off in the night by some animal. I was soo unhappy. How do i protect my plants from these animals? Any idea?

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