I know that the chickens are responsible for the few sad lettuce and kale plants. (Elsa found them the other day and has now made it her mission to get a bite every chance she gets.)
But something else is eating a bunch of the other stuff. I have been meticulous in picking off the eggs of the cabbage butterflies so my kale (other than what Elsa has gotten) is doing great. The ones that are suffering are my pepper and eggplant plants, the soybeans, the dry beans, and the strawberries. Even the potato plants are showing signs of herbivory.
It's not just isolated to my veggie garden either. My little baby kinnikinnick has been preyed upon as well. All of the fresh new leaves were devoured by a mystery creature in one evening.
So I'm angry. I've checked for aphids and I really don't see many. There are a few here and there and they don't really eat the leaves anyway. I've also been checking for slugs but can't find any either. But that doesn't mean they aren't around.
The strawberries are another story. Though I know the slugs love strawberries, the evidence is of something bigger. The little green strawberries are being stolen off the vine as a whole. It looks as though something has come along and cut them off. So my thought is rats. We've seen them around the chicken coop so I wouldn't be surprised if they were getting into other stuff too.
|Missing: Three green strawberries.|