Answer: Based on your description I am not sure whether the plant has been nibbled by an animal such as a bunny or woodchuck (you may see bunnies early in the morning or in the evening, woodchucks any time of day) or if the problem is slugs. Slugs work at night and leave shimmery slime trails behind and will eat foliage to the ribs. They can be controlled by hand picking at night and by sprinkling diatomaceous earth (a powder from the garden center)on the soil around the plant. If the problem is a bunny, you will need to trap (and its relatives) and relocate them or fence the garden. If the problem is a woodchuck, you will need to trap it and remove it with the help of an animal control professional -- this is an unpredictable wild animal that causes terrible bites and is dangerous to have in an area where people frequent.
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