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Post  Noie on 3/4/2012, 1:54 pm

And I have no idea by what. Mad Yesterday was nice and sunny, so I thought it would be a nice day to uncover my little seedlings and let them enjoy the day. I went out this morning to check on them, and half of them are gone! Something ate all the lettuce and half the peas (which weren't in adjacent squares), but didn't touch the radishes or pak choy. Part of the stalks of the peas are still there, but all the leaves are all gone. How do I find the culprits and make them pay?

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Post  camprn on 3/4/2012, 2:46 pm

@Noie wrote: How do I find the culprits and make them pay?
Sad This is an unlikely scenario; sorry about your missing seedlings.It could have been birds or bunnies. Did you see any foot prints of any kind?
Time to plant anew and plan a screen of some sort. There are a few threads about preventing varmints from wreaking havock in the garden.

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Post  Furbalsmom on 3/4/2012, 3:40 pm

Oh Noie, I am so sorry for your loss. It is truly aggravating when those pesky pests come and invade your garden .
@Noie wrote:Something ate all the lettuce and half the peas (which weren't in adjacent squares), but didn't touch the radishes or pak choy
I guess the only way to make them pay is if you catch them

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What type of cover did you remove? Does it go over your hoops or directly over the plantlings?

Deer are my major problem. Deer netting is very inexpensive alternative and will keep out birds, deer and most bunnies if secured around the base of the frame. You can also look at the photos on pages 66 to 76 of the ANSFG book for more protection ideas.

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Post  Noie on 3/18/2012, 2:03 pm

Well, everything is resprouting. And I spent some time trying to figure out who ate the last batch. I don't really like the answer....it's everyone! Mad Slugs, earwigs, weird looking flies, little jumping guys. I'm not sure how there are so many critters in a new garden. But my boxes are all covered with tulle now and surrounded with beer traps. So maybe a plant or two will survive. Laughing

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Post  Noie on 4/7/2012, 10:22 pm

I've had my revenge! Twisted Evil The beer traps work amazing. All the pests, even the ones that I have no idea what they are, seem perfectly happy to commit suicide in them. Each box now has a little 3" ceramic dish in it full of beer. As long as I change it every few days, nothing gets nibbled on. I might get something to harvest after all!

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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on 4/7/2012, 10:24 pm

@Noie wrote:I've had my revenge! Twisted Evil The beer traps work amazing. All the pests, even the ones that I have no idea what they are, seem perfectly happy to commit suicide in them. Each box now has a little 3" ceramic dish in it full of beer. As long as I change it every few days, nothing gets nibbled on. I might get something to harvest after all!

Watch out because you might catch me sipping beer from those dishes. lol!

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