A month ago, I planted 5 sugar snap pea seedlings in my raised bed. For a few days, they thrived, vibrant, aching to expand. A few holes and some baby leaves entirely eaten whole started to perplex me. After a little research, I determine, this is incontrovertible evidence of snails or slugs.
The damage didn’t seem that bad, after all, I naively thought, there are plenty of leaves for the plants to expand. Here is beginning gardener mistake #1: underestimating the power and voracious appetite of snails/slugs, especially for pea sprouts.
I did nothing to combat these night-time mollusks. My faith in sugar snap peas believed that it was just a little damage. Prevented from checking on them for a few days due to a busy schedule, I return one late Saturday morning to find in the place of my once lush, green plants, 5 ravaged stalks left naked. The culprit, vanished.