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I suggest a non-lethal physical barrier. 2.5 feet tall chicken wire arranged like a fence should keep them out. Once the plants are 8 inches high or in their mid-growth the rabbits shouldn’t bother them. They like plants when they are tender and small.
I allow my chickens in my garden beds when I don’t have food plants growing. Not because they will eat the produce so much but because they will scratch and dig up anything. They will occasionally sample produce but the amount of grubs and bugs they eat is a fair tradeoff.
Jerusalem artichokes are very tasty, easy to grow and are well adapted to various climates. You can cook them like potatoes. They are extremely productive, taste better after a frost and will overwinter in the ground if covered. However-I would plant them in a container from now on. They are very hard to remove once they are established!
Potatoes and onions can last for months but they should be stored in a cool dry environment. One week is a short time for them to start to go bad. Try to buy the freshest produce available. I grow varieties that have good storage qualities. Red Norlands, Kennebecs and Yukon Golds all store well for me.
I personally prefer to use non-electric powered tools for my garden. A hard rake, leaf rake, hoe, flat shovel, spade or round shovel, pitchfork, short handled turning fork, small handheld gardening knife,empty clean 5 gallon buckets, a tarp, a battery powered drill and harvest baskets. Did I leave anything out?