The Q&A Archives: Something Eating My Morning Glory And Sunflower Seedlings

Question: I have planted morning glories and various types of sunflowers every year now for quite a few years and always
had success. But for 2 years in arow now something ate my
morning glory seedlings after they were a few inches tall
and last year something ate all my sunflower seedlings for
the first time. What could be doing this? And why would
it start eating these things all of a sudden and not all
along? The same thing happened with my green beans I planted them 5 years in a row w/success but the past 3 they
were all eaten. If it's rabbits how come they dont eat the
lettuce or carrots or other veggies? And what can I do.
I have a fence around the garden so I know it can't be a dog

Answer: Birds will occasionally steal seedlings, and many critters will munch on them. You might try protecting them with a cage made of wire mesh until they are large enough to be securely rooted and strong stemmed. If you suspect an animal rather than birds, you might also try one of the repellent sprays, either a commercial formulation or a home-made garlic or pepper/garlic mix.

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