Help! Something's eating my kale, and it's not me!

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    Tigsy
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    Does anyone know what is most likely to be eating young kale plants? They’re only about 6-9″ tall, and whole portions of the leaves are nibbled away. Slugs? Japanese beetles? Nothing in sight….  Thanks for any info/experience anyone may have. This is the first time I’ve grown kale.


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    plantdoctorzn4
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    Do you see any white tiny butterflies in that area?  The cabbage moth may be munching away.  Another thought is to check the underside of the leaves….are there lots of white flies there?  Just throwing a couple options at you.  I hope a true vegetable gardener stops by to give you more info.  Charlene


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    Tigsy
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    Thanks for your thoughts, Charlene — yes, we have cabbage moths, and it didn’t dawn on me right away that kale is a member of the cole family. Duh.  (In fact, is that why those two names are so similar? Kale and cole?)  I’ll check in the morning for any white flies. Too dark out there now!


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    skippydel13zone6KY
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    Mine got ate to the ground last year by stink bugs. I’m getting ready to plant me a fall crop and am going to cover them and then I can put plastic over to have them into winter. Cleome drew in the stink bugs last year so I’ve been yanking every single cleome out where they self-sowed from the neighbor’s yard. Also bunnies will munch kale down too!


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    Gayle
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    Could it be rabbits?


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    margba
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    Small holes or more like a chomp?


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    skippydel13zone6KY
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    Sounds like rabbits or even mice, yes last year I had mice in my garden cause I kept finding small holes in everything and then I saw his fat butt waddling down the row and he looked back at me. LOL


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    Tigsy
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    Charlene — I checked the underside of the leaves — no white flies. The leaves look rather like they were sprinkled with an acid — holes here and there.
    Skippy, I don’t think we have stinkbugs. And I’ve got a pretty good fence around the garden — the bunnies would’ve already eaten my beans, carrot tops and probably the broccoli, which also has some holes in the leaves.

    Smallish holes, Marg, rather than big chomps! I did see a long-legged white spider on the underside of a broccoli leaf, but I’m not concerned about him. In the past I’ve had lots of problems with slugs, but it’s been so dry this year, I don’t think it’s them.  They’ll eat my rhubarb leaves. Any other ideas?  Should I try a fall crop like Skippy? We’re in northern Illinois.    I appreciate everyone’s thoughts.


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    Gayle
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    Earwigs?


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    margba
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    I am going to do a fall crop even if just in containers!  Just learned & saw that we have chipmunks here!  Noooo!  They are cute though!


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    plantdoctorzn4
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    I think the small holes does sound more like earwigs.  You need to go out at night with a flashlight and then you will know for sure.   Charlene


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    Tigsy
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    Thanks, guys, I’ll check for earwigs. But not tonight, it’s raining!  At least I know what they look like (ugly). Next question is….what do I do to get rid of earwigs? Guess I can get some idea by googling it. Thanks to everyone.


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