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Somethins eatin' the peas
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Tom A    Posted 05-10-2001 at 09:51:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Planted 250 foot of row of peas this year...never took so much time prepping the soil, getting and keeping the weeds out. Plants looked great...better than I ever remember.

Then they started disappearing, maybe 10 or 20 foot a day. There's stalk remaining for a few days, but it seems to die off. I know I've got rabbits, groundhogs, and deer in the vicinity but can't seem to catch anything in the act, or even in the garden. It doesn't appear to be slugs (had lots of slug trouble last year), but I dusted with diatamaceous earth anyway and it didn't help.

What to do? I don't have time (or good field of fire from the porch) to guard the garden. Anybody have advice, or diagnosis? I was planning on putting up lots of peas this year, but now it looks like a bust.


chief613    Posted 05-12-2001 at 04:39:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
If there is just bare stems and no leaves, id take a guess that its a critter, i have the same problem with a groundhog. At first i thought it was bugs,slugs or worms, but the stalks where to cleanly stripped. I just lost my whole crop of brocoli,cabbage and brussle sprouts to the little varmit. Fortunatly i have a clear shot. Buck shot may take out a few plants, but it will be the last time the little varmit gets one! If u aint got a clear shot, try a live trap. If u use a leg hold trap u will really lose some peas if ya set it near the peas. U get him in the live trap u can dispose of him how ya see fit. Good luck    Posted 05-10-2001 at 17:01:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wacky wabbits would be my guess.Dust with lime til the peas are big enough not to be bothered.I suppose they don't like the taste.Next year plan to cover peas-I use chicken wire,then prop it up and use it as a trellis

Mudcat49    Posted 05-10-2001 at 11:51:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like cutworms, go get some Diazon and spread it around them.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 05-10-2001 at 17:11:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Cutworms, Damping off desease, nematodes, or something like that attacking root system would be my guess. I sure ain't no expert tho.

Dreamweaver    Posted 05-12-2001 at 05:31:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have the cutest little bunny rabbit family that invades my garden every evening about dusk. What I did was tempted them with something more delectable than my peas - wild strawberries. I planted them on the outside parameter of the garden, they spread like wildfire, come back every year without replanting, and they have left the veggies alone ever since. They get their fill of berries, I can sit on my porch and rock and watch the whole family come up and pig out, and never have to worry about them ruining my crops. Just an idea.

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