This was before the cold weather hit in Oklahoma.....
AAAHHH Just when I went to save some seed from the last of my Sweet 100
Cherry Tomaters ....I see a BlueJay decided they would make a good lunch....
I like birds but I like having my garden too...
How can I keep them away from my maters without harming them ?
Bird netting is probably the easiest.
You MIGHT not even need enough netting to cover everything. I say this
because of what I find with my plum tree. Blue Jays will destroy the
crop if not covered. My net barely covers the top of the tree. The sides
are all open with plenty of plums in reach. They land on the top and
seem to get spooked when they encounter the net. (I use a black plastic
net that is very hard to see when mixed in with the leaves.) I've even
seen Blue Jays land on a lower branch and look up into the tree. They
look for a while and decide to give up and leave.
I'm sure others could report birds being MUCH more determined.
Samantha D Covey wrote:
Last year, I had a bird problem with my scuppernong vine. I tried
the aluminum pie tins, as well as a purchased dummy owl; these
did not help. I tried a net over the top; our local mockingbird
would land on the ground, then hop up under the net and have a
feast. Guess I will get a bigger net and tie up the bottom, for
this coming season.
I had the same problem with Blue Jays pecking my tomatoes.
What I did is that I strung a line of twine, just above the tomato
plants and suspended, on a short piece of twine, CD-ROMs between the
tomato plants. The breeze makes them rotate and reflect sunlight.
All this glittering and flashing seems to disturb the birds.
You can reuse old CD-ROMs by first placing them in the microwave for
just a moment to destroy any information that is on them.
Jerry Long Island New York.
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