I live in FL and I have built garden boxes that stand about 40+ inches off
the ground. First something was eating the spinach only. So I build some
chicken wire boxes, spinach safe now. Then they when after the radishes.
Covered those. Then the swiss chard. Covered those. Then the Cucumber
plants. Ate all of those. Now they are going after the tomato plants.
Whatever it is is not eating a lot but eating each night. I don't think
rabbits can jump that high. I do have squirrel and raccoon in the area.
I suggested deer because they are ruminates and only animal mentioned
that would eat tomato plants. I seldom see the ones around here but
they come out at night and leave plenty of sign. I've had rabbits come
up on the front porch and eat flowers but have never seen them jumping
that high. If you are super curious you could buy a game camera and
photograph the culprit.
It must be squirrels. I didn't think squirrels would eat tomato plants (and
leave the fruit) and my yard is full of acorns. Very odd as I have had
tomato plants before in a different spot low to the ground and they never
bothered them. I will have to look into the camera idea.
Mammals will eat tomtoes but they won't eat tomato plants, they are
smart enough to know that tomato plants are toxic to mammals... but
slugs and snails will eat tomato plants, as will many insects and of
course reptiles... are there no lizards in FL... they will munch the
plants in order to get to the insects within, so will birds. It's a
cruel world out there.
Whatever it is is not eating the fruit, the plants are too young. The
buggers are eating the plant itself. The chicken wire works. I just bought
more chicken wire and am going to wrap the whole thing garden box.
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