Last weekend my community plot neighbor told me that some critter had been eating his sunflower seeds as he planted them. Since I planted sunflowers a couple weeks ago, I immediately went to look for my sprouts. No sprouts! Some critter has eaten mine too!
While walked through the gardens I see that other gardeners have nice sunflowers growing, so its just our location. We must be in the territory of a very hungry little sunflower-eating chipmunk!
On top of this I am finding evidence of a pea-thief! I pulled aside the vines and found many empty and nibbled pods on the ground. Again, I am blaming a chipmunk! But fortunately, I have enough peas to share.
I will have to try some trick to get my sunflowers to sprout. I will plant some at home in peat pots. Sunflowers don't like to be transplanted but peat pots should be OK. My plot neighbor is going to try using fine chicken wire on the top of the soil. We'll see if we can outsmart the little critter.
I am also trying to grow soybeans at home because of the chipmunk/thief. So far, these are not sprouting well - old seeds. I have a newer pack to try, I'll keep at it.