Answer: The most typical culprits would be slugs (you will see slime trails since they eat at night) as well as rabbits, crows, woodchucks, and deer. A little detective work will help solve the mystery. Slugs can be deterred with hand picking at night when they are active, traps, baits or by sprinkling diatomaceous earth on the soil around the plants. The other pests can be deterred with commercial or homemade repellents usually based on garlic and/or red pepper. Sometimes a temporary wire mesh cage or a row cover spread over top the plants will protect them until they are larger. The most reliable solution for four legged critter problems, however, is a fence.
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