I'm a first time gardener helping my dad with a vegetable garden in the backyard here in North Texas. We've got Zucchinis and Tomatoes, but we are having a problem where plant stems are being broken off near the ground, I'm guessing by some animal:
This is a tomato plant I found this morning, but a few weeks ago we lost two zucchini plants to the same thing! It only stopped when I put defensive barriers around them.
Does anyone know what kind of animal might have done this, or was it something else? I know it isn't the wind, because only the first tomato plant on the row is damaged (same way it started with the zucchinis).
We bought some ROPEL animal repellant and are going to put more of it down when the wind calms.
Any help or experience would be appreciated.