Here's a picture before the attacks:
Here is a picture of the last plant with the little holes in it:
So, losing the two to the naughty creatures and the one to the naughty bugs, I had hope. I still had three plants left inside that I was going to transplant. So, today I put two more into the garden, and then I poured white vinegar around the garden since it seems like it may have stopped raining. AND I called my parents, pretty much master gardeners. My dad has done landscaping for over fifty years and both my parents would grow a HUGE garden every summer for a long while.
My dad said a cut worm was likely to blame for the first two casualties, and the paw prints were probably raccoons or skunks digging for the cut worms (and for other grubs) at night. He advised me to put paper towel rolls around the stems of the plants, so, done! He wasn't sure what kind of pest was making the tiny holes, so I am trying just spraying it with a cayenne pepper solution (I just made it up, like one teaspoon cayenne to about one cup of water in the sprayer). I also poured white vinegar around the outside of the garden to deter cats, raccoons or whatever else may not enjoy the scent.
Here's a picture of my organic pest deterrents:
Let's hope it works!