Seedlings disappear overnight

by DeLaine
(St Helens Tasmania Australia)

I have a very nice organic garden happening at my new home of one year. While the garden produced very well last year, this year as I planted seedlings, they would disappear overnight. I don't have possums or others of nature's children in my area so I looked elsewhere.

Would birds be eating my seedlings (cauliflower first then the cabbages were next. I have applied my homemade bug repellant) but nothing seems to be working. What's getting to my seedlings? Could it be something IN the soil?

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May 20, 2009
Seedling Security
by: Scott

You said you didn't have "Gods Children" lurking about but I suspect you do. You would be surprised what creatures live near you that you never see. Even in urban areas there is way more wildlife than most suspect. It may be worth it to you to purchase an infrared security camera and aim it at your garden. The cameras are not terribly expensive & can be had at most electronic stores but you will need some way to record 6 to 8 hours. As an alternative you might be able to use a webcam attached to a laptop.

May 25, 2009
Why seedlings are disappearing overnight
by: Steve

Be very suspect of snails or slugs, especially if seedlings disappear overnight. They'll eat young plants right down to the ground. Go out with a flashlight after dark or early morning.

I don't think anything in the soil can make seedlings disappear, they would die, not vanish, if some soil fungus or condition got to them.

Jul 02, 2009
seedling security
by: Bill totten

Scot, Which planet are you on? Infra red, web cam,
Get real, this is a real live garden which needs a little HANDS on help. Please come back LITERALLY to earth.
Happy landings Bill T.

Mar 22, 2010
Seedlings disappear overnight
by: Papa Stefano

I suspect that you actually DO have possums but may not know it.

Nov 04, 2020
slaters, cutworms, armyworms?
by: Anonymous

Things hiding in soil that could eat seedlings could include slaters and cutworms. Not sure if you get armyworms in Tas, but they will also leave nothing behind of a seedling.
I'm having a similar problem with poppy seedlings decimated overnight - with no hint of slug or snail slime.

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