Post # 1
I have two chili plants in the yard – i dnot know what kind they are, theyre little ones that arent very spicy. and overnight – the plant has been stripped of chilis (red ones, nearly red and a lot of the green ones!)
im baffled – im chalking it up to rat, bird or human
human – i cant seriously imagine someone coming into the yard and stealing chilis. though there is easy access to the street (one of those low fences that you can see over, and a gate)
rat – i cant work out how it would get to the top without damaging the plant
so i guess that leaves bird? but i went to bed very late and got up early, so unless it systematically stripped a lot of chilis at the crack of dawn i dont see how it could have taken so many so fast…and unless it was a swarm of birds, how many chilis can one bird eat?!
Post # 3
i say person. or maybe deer?
Post # 4
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I can’t imagine a person stealing your chilis, way bizarre! Yeah maybe it was a deer, or birds. Are they low to the ground? It could have been bunnies as well.
Post # 5
well it cant be a deer, there arent any round these parts (suburbs of a big city in mexico). or rabbits for that matter
whats annoying is that ive been lazy and delaying making salsa for the last few days (home made is always way better!) and no i have no chilis to make it with. im ridiculously annoyed abotu this, in a completely OTT way!
the bottom bits are low to the ground, but the top isnt
Post # 6
I grow lots of peppers.. i’ve had a few plants completely ruined by birds! Deer usually leave my peppers alone. Although I have had a few issues with wood chucks eating them too. I know what’s eaten mine because I seem to always catch them in the act!
Post # 8
My money is on a person, and only because I had a very similar issue happen just last week. My downstairs neighbor (I live in a two family flat) ate my first tomato of the season! And I know she did (or maybe it was her boyfriend) because the tomato was sitting on her back step with a bite taken out of it. I’m blaming a booze-realated incident. Thankfully, the rest of my tomatos have been safe.
I don’t think a deer would eat peppers – too spicy!
Post # 9
Honestly it sounds like a person b/c the job was so clean. Birds do love peppers, but they usually eat/peck at them, leaving the pepper still attached to the plant, but with giant chunks missing.
Post # 10
@MrsJoyful80: it is strange! my fiance is looking at me like im crazy “why do you care so much, its only chilis” but they were *my* chilis (now i sound like a spoilt brat i know but still)
@StL.Ashley: she didnt even finish the tomato? And left it on the step? thats really odd and would annoy me too
ill have new ones coming soon, but i cant figure out how to protect them – i might try and fashion a netting type thing to keep things away
Post # 11
We actually lock our gate because people have come in and taken food. It’s really common for people to have gardens growing food in their backyards where we live, so theft actually is a thing. Creepy.
Post # 12
@newname_99: that’s really odd. i had a chili plant too and my chilis are gone now. but that’s because they dried up and fell off. (btw, i’m in the subarbs of merida, mx)
Post # 13
I have no idea what could have happened to your chilis! Wow!
Something similar happened to me just yesterday. I came home from work and my FI was already there. He said, “Baby, I have some disturbing news.” I was so worried, for a moment! Then he said, “Look at the parsley.” My herb garden contains parsley among other herbs. It was covered in some black and yellow striped caterpillars and every damn frond was completely stripped bare and they were munching away and licking their lips.
I told him to kill the little bastards and immediately went to google what the hell. Guess what? They turned out to be the caterpillar stage of Black Swallowtail Butterflies! I ran outside and said, “NO, don’t kill them, they’re butterflies!” Luckily I caught him in time to save most of them. But no parsley. I guess it will grow back, lol. The rest of my herb garden is just fine.
Post # 14
That sucks! I also vote person. I was hit by the storms a few weeks ago and they blew away about half my tomatoes : (
Post # 15
I vote person. One year I caught my neighbor’s landscaper stealing our veggies.
Post # 16
stealing fruit/veg seems to be more common than i thought!! just the idea of someone walking in and taking what they want is really odd