Anyone have any ideas as to what animal we’re dealing with here? Last night something “picked” all of the small developing squash on seven of the squash plants in our meadow garden. The squash were cleanly broken off at the stem end and every small squash on all of those seven plants was taken. The squash on all the other plants was not touched, and there were no partly-eaten tiny squash left on the ground… the squash are just not there any more.
We have bear, deer, skunk, raccoon, turkeys, bobcats, coyotes, squirrels, and chipmunks… and probably other animals we’d rather not know about… around here all the time. The soil in that garden is soft and it rained hard last night, so any paw or hoof prints should show, but the soil seems to be undisturbed.
My husband is in the garden right now, building low (removable in portions) frames that will go around the squash plants. We have wire with small holes to staple over the top and sides of the frames… to keep our unwelcome visitors out and protect the rest of those tiny squash.
Or at least… that is the plan!