Dear PoPville – How Do We Protect Our Garden?

by Prince Of Petworth May 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm 32 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr. T in DC

“Dear PoPville,

We are trying to start a vegetable garden in our back yard. We built two raised beds for this purpose. I planted some peppers, some basil, parsley, cucumbers and zucchini. The next day I looked out the window and thought Hey, where’d the basil go? It looked like something had come along with scissors and cut the leaves off the basil and the parsley.

The next day, several leaves were missing from the pepper plants.

Last year we had cutworms eat the tomatoes, but somehow i don’t think cutworms are going to neatly snip off a couple of leaves a foot off the ground. Horticultural oil only mildly deters whatever-it-is. Birds? Squirrels? Has anyone else experienced this, and caught the plant vandals in the act?”

I was once told that Blood meal is a good deterrent. What do you guys do/use?


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