I thought birds or insects were taking out my okra seedlings, until I saw the furry little culprit scurry out of the garden yesterday. I interrupted it mid-meal, so sadly the chopped off leaves were left to waste. I have no rabbit fences, because I have rarely found them very destructive (and the taller cedar planks of most of my raised beds discourage them, but this was a shorter bed). Thus this defense, upside-down bike panniers and other assorted baskets:
The other pest in the garden right now (all year, really) is the cabbage
moth. They seem to leave the turnips, radishes, tat soi, and arugula
alone, but other brassicas like collards and especially kale, are devoured. My solution has been to keep the kale seedlings under row cover. I'm
starting cucumber seeds here as well, so maybe this will help protect
them from cucumber beetles for a little while at least.
Finally, I'm keeping an eye out for squash vine borers on my lemon squash, buttercup squash, and this delicata
Other than some tough radishes (heat, lack of water), all in all, things are going well at this transitional time of year, especially considering I took a 10 day vacation. The spinach has bolted, but the fava beans (best harvest ever!) and peas just might produce one more time. I find every time a seed packet says it does not need support, then it will need it even more so. These progress number 9 peas have flopped all over the place.