I have mice!
I was out this morning looking at my zucchini and melons. Two of the zucchini plants had been heavily hit by flea beetles earlier, but they hung on and started forming new leaves. Today I came out to see that the new leaves were nothing but stems. I heard a rustling in the undergrowth and saw the back end and tail of a little grey mouse disappear.
Mice may be cute in cartoons, but they are NOT cute in my garden! What does this mean for my zukes, 'lopes, maters, taters, and brassica? I don't need something else to lose my vegetables to. This year, because of the economy and high food prices, gardening isn't just a hobby, it's a necessity. I sprayed the zukes and melons with Hot Pepper Wax. Should I spray all the other plants, too? Will that effect pollination when my zuke and melon flowers bloom?
I also have Liquid Fence to use, although I'm almost out. I'm worried that the squirrels will also be a problem when my tomatoes, zukes, and melons begin to ripen.
As hard as gardening sometimes is, I sometimes wonder how we survived as a species.