Can you figure out which pest got each of these poor plants?*
*Cabbages = cabbage moths & butterflies. They looooove our garden.
**Bonnie is our high-jumping Cayuga duck.
“What’s Wrong With My Vegetable Garden: 100% Organic Solutions for All Your Vegetables, from Artichokes to Zucchini” by David Deardorff & Kathryn Wadsworth; Timber Press; Portland, OR; 2011.
“Carrots Love Tomatoes” by Louise Riotte; Storey Publishing; North Adams, MA; 1975, 1998.
Copyright 2013, Lori Fontanes
Sorry, can’t help you name your varmits. Isn’t is nice of Mother Nature to put us all on diets by creating so many critters that attack our food?
Blame the bunny… 🙂
Awwww,but they’re so cute…and hungry!!! 🙂
Well, my guess those ugly green worms that become white butterflies( I think, so correct me if I am wrong). They at a lot of holes in my Kale, but now that they are butterflies I don’t have any holes in my kale. I have a ground hog that visits my yard every day and eatst he pears and apples that fall from the tree. That is my guess about the bite marks. That one picture looks like my pole beans when they were severed at the base! I have chipmunks and bunnies….Oh, I do understand when those critters get in there…just if htey weren’t so darn cute!
I have no direct evidence for any of these so your guess is as good as mine…but they are very good guesses!
Peaches: Squirrels like them, tasting each one until that perfect one. Birds just peck all of them.
Sunflower: You already have suspects.
Radish (?): Definitely left an impression on the squirrel, “what kind of food is that?”
Yup, squirrel probably got whatever peaches the wind didn’t already knock down. But what I don’t know is which insect left those blackened stumps where the leaves used to be. Will have to ask our tree guy when we see him next! Radish is probably squirrel, I agree. Sunflower could either be squirrel and/or Bonnie. Maybe they team up! 😉
Oh no! Bird got the sunflower?
When they were little, the ducks would like ’em. Later on after they bloom, it’s Mr. Squirrel’s turn… sigh.
Oh goodness. At least the critters have delicious treats. Small consolation, maybe, but that’s what I tell myself after the birds get my tomatoes!
Works 4 me!
Possibly cabbage worm damage on the cabbage. Possibly a rabbit on the radish.
Yeah, I agree about the cabbage worm. The collard greens tend to outgrow the damage but the cabbages have a hard time keeping up. In terms of the radish, I’m thinking squirrel not rabbit only because these veggie beds are several feet off the ground and I don’t think the bunnies can jump that high, at least not unassisted! 😉
Your cabbage? (second photo from the bottom) looks like it may have cabbage aphids (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brevicoryne_brassicae) The peach tree looks like some caterpillar has chewed on it. The black areas are an entirely different problem I believe. Perhaps viral or fungal. It does look like a canker of some sort. It’s hard to tell sorry.
No, don’t be sorry! I am always pleased to get input from my blog buddies! We will work on some strategies over winter break. Fingers crossed we can solve some of these issues next spring! Thx for your thoughts!!!