Critter ate my first Jalapeno
This is my first year growing Jalapeno peppers and the plant was doing well and had about 3 peppers on it. I went out to harvest the first one, which I expected to be ready, and IT WAS GONE. The whole thing was gone, and you could see it was taken off from fairly far up the stem. I looked around thinking it tempted some animal and would be left nearby, but it was apparently eaten. Are there any critters around which would find Jalapenos palatable? They're not that hot, but I have grown milder and hotter peppers and they have not been bothered. The only things around my yard these days are squirrels, and some wild cats which are a nuisance. Have not seen ground hogs, raccoons, or skunks since our neighbour (who used to feed them) moved about 5 years ago, so it's puzzling. I don't want to have to fence the garden off. Any ideas?