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Using bird netting over a garden to protect the seeds

It may seem like an easy job to just throw down some seeds, sprinkle on a little dirt and water and then wait for a few weeks to see the tiny little seedlings sprout up and begin to grow.

But, it is hard to determine what kind of thing might get into things. There are all kinds of critters, from ants, squirrels, grackles, robins, pigeons and other things that may want to assault a back yard garden.

The one thing I tried without any real success was placing a bird netting over the garden for growing some jalapeno seeds. This only managed to succeed in getting an innocent lizard caught up in it and dying. I had to remove the lizard, took up the netting and tried placing it on the blackberries only to discover it would not work so I removed it out of frustration and managed only to pull off some green berries. I decided to try my best to wad the netting up and put it away in a bag for some other project, perhaps to catch a rat. Who knows.

If the garden is a success it will depend mainly on my being watchful over it and when the time comes and it's harvest time I will place the net over the tomatoes when they are still green. At least I can save some of those and out of the over 200 blackberries that are currently green I will be lucky if I can beat the birds at them when they are ripe in a month or more from now.

Wish me luck. I have been more successful with bell peppers and tomatoes lately and need to just stay on top of things.

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MegL wrote on May 9, 2016, 1:28 AM

The wildlife can be very determined to get at a source of food!

lookatdesktop wrote on May 9, 2016, 1:28 PM

Yes and I should have built a green house completely surrounding the plants but I don't have the money for it and am saving for another new window to the man cave which will be in excess of a thousand dollars as some inner boards and drywall will need replacing. Lucky the window is cheaper than the labor. Still it will take all summer to save that much if nothing else comes along.

jamarse wrote on May 10, 2016, 1:43 AM

I pent all day yesterday down in the allotment making a fruit cage over my fruit bushes to prevent birds from picking off the fruit.

lookatdesktop wrote on May 10, 2016, 11:40 AM

Did you get it finished and what kinds of fruit bushes are you growing?

bleekley wrote on May 12, 2016, 10:41 PM

Good luck with your gardening. I have almost no gardening experience. Perhaps Google knows how to protect the seeds.

lookatdesktop wrote on May 12, 2016, 11:40 PM

I am trying to write an article here at PersonaPaper but each time I do it, the thing keeps telling me USER NOT OKAY. Then I have to type something or sign out and then back in to finally get to post.

lookatdesktop wrote on May 13, 2016, 3:08 PM

I read that hot chili pepper flakes in dry weather, sprinkled around the garden tend to ward off squirrels and some birds. and for insects, like ants and roaches, diatomacious earth is recommended. Other than that I have more luck with a a small rock than anything. lol