broccoli seedlings, carrots eaten

Peter1142(Zone 6b)August 10, 2014

Someone went and ate all the leaves off my nice looking broccoli seedlings. And all the leaves off the carrots. Most stems are intact.

Also last week someone went and clean cut all the leaves off my mostly bolted lettuce, leaving the stem.

There is a 6 foot fence around the garden, and I don't see any obvious signs of digging.

Any ideas who could have done it? Disheartening as there is a fence... Haven't seen any rabbits but lots of groundhogs in the area, turkeys, and birds. SE NY.

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squishsquash(07)

Maybe it's a caterpillar? I have had beautiful butterflies (black swallowtail) leave their evil spawn in my herb gardens, and destroy them within days. It's amazing how much damage just one of them can do. I now check daily for eggs to catch them before they get me.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 10:34AM
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Peter1142(Zone 6b)

I doubt a caterpillar can cut full size lettuse leaves straight off? Perhaps the broccoli and carrots...

Fall planting has not been going well, pest pressure is very high...

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 2:13PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Sounds like rabbits or voles, to me.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 4:15PM
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Peter1142(Zone 6b)

Again, I managed to get some big beautiful fall lettuce, gone, broccoli gone, brussels sprouts, and carrot greens, all eaten :(

They don't seem to have eaten anything else. Not interested in the peas, all I have left for fall now, or the tomatoes, or squash, or chard.

Mice? I don't see any signs of digging, can a groundhog climb a 6 foot fence?

    Bookmark   October 4, 2014 at 7:41PM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

How big are the openings of the fence fabric? Is the lowest part something like 1/4 inch mesh hardware cloth or similar or is the fabric more like 2 x 4 inch welded wire? Even fence fabric with a 1 inch mesh is not small enough to keep a vole (mouse) out.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2014 at 6:24AM
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Peter1142(Zone 6b)

It is I think 1"x2" mesh. There is no way it would keep a vole/mouse out. Maybe I should add a skirt next year.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2014 at 9:01PM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

A skirt of 1/4 inch mesh hardware cloth might be enough of a deterrent, although I am not sure how high a vole, or other critter, might climb.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2014 at 6:27AM
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Peter1142(Zone 6b)

You know I take it back... would a mouse eat an entire salads worth of lettuce? I don't see any signs of diggin g though. I will see more when all the weeds are gone. Def think I should add a skirt next year.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2014 at 8:20AM
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