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Q.What Ate All The Leaves Off My Sweet Potatoe Plants?

Zone Zone 7 | LeahGarrett added on August 1, 2021 | Answered

I am growing a 3×9 bed of sweet potatoes. I left on vacation a week ago to a full bed, tons of leaves and returned to find almost all the leaves eaten off probably leaving just 4-5 leaves total off all 9 plants. As a raised bed, I’ve never seen rabbits in the bed although groundhogs frequent the area. I have never seen deer in our very urban neighborhood. And there is no sign of broken vines from a fat groundhog eating through the bed (nor did one end up in our live trap). What could have eaten all those leaves? There is no evidence of all those leaves left behind either. A few deadlines but those have been dead for a bit. In the first image, the green beans on the poles, the green bean leaves have also been eaten off in the first 12-15 inches but not higher.

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Answered on August 2, 2021

Groundhogs and wild bunnies would be my first guess. You may need to get a camera monitoring the area, especially at night.

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