As I got closer I saw that all of the bright colored peppers were gone and that the green peppers that hadn't yet turned color were gone too. My heart sank. I then went further into the field and where, just 2 days ago, we had plants loaded with purple and chocolate peppers. And those plants were void of any peppers was well.
Things got worse. I looked at the poblano rows and those had damage too, but not a total loss. Thankfully the deer don't like hot peppers so much. Then cleaned out several plants and there were lots of peppers with one bite on the ground next to the plants.
They sampled the jalapeno peppers but not many. I am glad they are not so fond of those, although they did eat the top leaves on many of those plants. They left the habanero peppers alone.
The deer ate all the sweet peppers and almost all of the top leaves of all peppers. I image they will finish to job on the sweet peppers over the next few nights, leaving nothing but nubs where the big beautiful plants once stood.
So we put row covers on the poblano, shishito and pasilla peppers. Hopefully that will keep them away until the frost comes. Then to fortify the row cover, I am on my way to purchase some liquid fence.
And not to be too mean, but I hope the deer tried a couple of the Trinidad Scorpion peppers....they register at 1.4 million scoville units and would give them enough pain to stay away!! (as a note, a Jalapeno measures 5,000 scoville units, so you can image how hot the trinidad pepper is!)
Sigh, the life of a farmer...but I am still smiling and amazed at the ways of Mother Nature.