My 12 vine grape arbor is about 7 to 10 days from harvest, and today I have discovered that about 1/3rd of the grapes are missing. The folliage has not been eaten or disturbed. Deer ate some foliage earlier in the season when it was tender, but my assumption is that deer would leave some visable evidence. There are not even grapes lying uneaten on the ground. Can you give an educated guess what ate my grapes, and what, if anything, I can do to protect the rest of the crop? Many thanks.
Harford County Maryland
If the grapes disappear, a type of wildlife such as birds or squirrels may be culprits. You can cover the vines with bird netting or tie paper lunch bags around the clusters.