Critter eating my zinnia buds & more
Went out to the garden this morning to find that something is pigging out on my zinnia plants, the three on the row perimeters. Munched all of the new bud heads right off. I've had insect problems on some of these plants, but I don't think a Japanese beetle could do this type of damage. See photo.
In another bed, something is also eating my ripe tomatoes, baby zukes and zuke leaf stems, and my brussels sprouts leaves. Whatever is doing the zinnia damage has to be fairly tall as some of the zinnia and brussels leaf damage is at least eighteen inches high. We did see a ground hog run across our backyard about a month ago. However, I live in an urban neighborhood with fenced yards, so I don't think it could be deer.
Last night I sprinkled coyote urine around all the beds, but either it didn't work or rain this morning rendered it useless.
The zinnias are surrounded by cayenne and jalapeno plants, which were of course untouched. This reminded me that some people use pepper spray to deter animals. Anyone had luck with this? I know you have to re-apply after rain. Homemade? Store bought? I'm willing to try anything!!! I would like to enjoy my zinnias, which are just starting to blossom.
For reference, I have herbs in the same bed as the zinnias--parsley, sage, oregano, basil--all untouched by animals.