what would be eating squash and bell pepper plants? eats the tops and all is left is the stems and I never see any thing doing it!
If all that is left is the stem of the plant, it is likely an animal versus an insect. If it were an insect, such as aphids, some of the leaves would still be present and an insect would eat the plant over the course of several days or weeks. What you are describing sounds very much like a rabbit, mole, vole, deer or groundhog is the culprit. There are many organic and non-organic scented sprays you can apply to your squash and pepper plants that deter these animals. They are easily found at your local home and garden or hardware store.
If you have a sunny spot (receiving at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day) closer to your home, such as on a patio, you might want to think about container planting for your pepper plants. The animals listed above typically keep a reasonable distance from homes. Sign up for our Gardening How-To Guide for answers to all of your gardening questions, monthly updates, and fun garden projects! We even have a Kid’s Gardening page!