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My leafy veggie plants are being eaten -- what to do?

Posted by rainrobin84 z9/10 az (My Page) on
Mon, Oct 26, 09 at 16:23

Something is chowing down on the leaves of my lettuces and spinach plants so there is nothing left but little green nubs in the ground. Also on my pea plants to the point of having nothing but stems left. I have looked very closely and can't see even the tiniest bug on any of the plants.

This is my first year of gardening in AZ, previously I am from WA and have never had any trouble with this.

Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!


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RE: My leafy veggie plants are being eaten -- what to do?

  • Posted by tammysf 9b/10a or sz15/16 (My Page) on
    Mon, Oct 26, 09 at 17:29

I put a cover of tulle over my bed and my greens are doing great. The other bed without the cover is not doing as well.

Here is a link that might be useful: covered garden pics


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RE: My leafy veggie plants are being eaten -- what to do?

Not from your area but I have seen caterpillars at night munching down the seedlings.
Turnip,carrots and peas were the worst effected.


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  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Mon, Oct 26, 09 at 19:46

Also brown garden snails, perhaps rabbits and/or birds.


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RE: My leafy veggie plants are being eaten -- what to do?

good points there. rabbit bites would be at a 45 degree angle.


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RE: My leafy veggie plants are being eaten -- what to do?

Voles will do this. Put out some mousetraps baited with peanut butter mixed with oatmeal, and see what happens.


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RE: My leafy veggie plants are being eaten -- what to do?

I've been having the same problem with my spinach and bok choy, and noticed green caterpillars. I'm going to try dusting with diatomacious earth on the soil around the plants. Wish me luck.


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RE: My leafy veggie plants are being eaten -- what to do?

Rabbits' eating habit is very obvious, they will eat things in whole, from top to bottom,some time leaving nothing behind. Summer insects will make holes.

Snails, slugs will start (usually) from the outer most leaves, will eat the tender parts, leaving behind the vains.
Also, snail/slugs need a bigger plants to munch on, because they hang on the leaves and start chewing them.
Since you are in zone 9 probably you have snails, sluggs or both. SLUGGO, as I have heard is a safe organic cure for snal/slug problem. OR, if you find out that you have snails, you may consider hunting them and eating them. As the saying goes: IF YOU CANNOT BEAT THEM, EAT THEM(Grin !)


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  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Thu, Oct 29, 09 at 19:42

It was said "Also, snail/slugs need a bigger plants to munch on,

Around here, they do very well with seedlings. So young, so tender. Not even veins remain.

And when I lived in SoCal, the snails did the same.


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RE: My leafy veggie plants are being eaten -- what to do?

  • Posted by rjinga middle ga, zone 8 (My Page) on
    Sun, Nov 1, 09 at 22:58

Aren't there things in the soil that could potentially eat greens? or things that could go up and under any covering? and how would tulle stop that from happening? Would the tulle just keep out anything that would attack from the air ;) ?

do or did you anchor it down?


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RE: My leafy veggie plants are being eaten -- what to do?

rj is right. tulle is not effective for snails and slugs.
I have covered my lettuce seedling with tulle, to block rabbits. Because it is very light it is easy to use. otherwise some of those nets sold at HD could do the job. I also chose white color so the animals might think that "O! lO! THATS NO NO, LETS GO L.O.L.
wITH SNAILS, get some sluggo. It is organic and will not harm anything but the snails and sluggs. Bribe the rabbits, serve them some fresh carrots (Grin). With the deer, play some dog bark audio, OR JUST YOUR OWN ANGRY YELLING, attached to a motion activated device.(I could have patented this one, DEER, DEER)


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