The Q&A Archives: What ate my bell pepper & basil plants?

Question: I have little space for planting veggies and herbs. Something ate a red, yellow and green bell pepper planted right next to a tomato plant. Also ate my basil plant in a pot planted along with lemon balm and parsley. The tomato plant, lemon balm and parsley wasn't touched. What could the culprit be? PS the potted herbs are up on a deck. The peppers and tomato in the ground below. skyvalley GA

Answer: About the only thing those plants have in common are their their smooth leaves (tomato leaves are hairy) so I wonder of your garden has a populaton of snails or slugs? Or, caterpillars can make quick work of a plant. Inspect the leaves to look for shiny trails (snails) or frass (bug poop) from caterpillars. You can use an iron based snail bait such as Sluggo or the botanical Bt (Dipel or Thuricide) to control caterpillars. Hope this information helps.

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