Friday, July 10, 2009

To scare a murder of crows

The first visitor was a rabbit. I chased it out, shored up the fence, and thought all was well. Well, that is, except for the black beans planted right next to the fence opening. They'd been nibbled to the ground.

Next, just as the black beans were showing their little leafy heads above ground again, I found a big guy nicknamed Chuck Wood napping in my garden. After he left, I shored up the chicken wire again and vowed never, never to leave the gate open overnight again. Never.

Later, in the evening of the same day that Chuck visited, I found four crows nibbling on something on or near the pepper plants. Crows! Big ones! They scolded from the next yard as I waved and shouted enough to chase them away.

All right, already!! I've had enough! I love wildlife as much as the next eco-warrior, but this is MY GARDEN!! It's food for my family! It's my contribution to the family fridge! It's the fresh organic veggies that will keep all of us healthy as long as the produce it produces may last!

Solution? I'm trying these. Old CDs, Windows 3.11 (isn't that concept scary in itself?), now hang in the wind. Their shiny and strange reflection may deter those wild ones who might otherwise be attracted by the green goodies growing here.

I used the inner support from an old campaign sign to place a few CDs close to the former rabbit entry.

Maybe now I can weed around the black bean plants -- and they might actually come up. Haha. A gardener can dream, a gardener can always dream.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

A woodchuck! Gah! Plug the holes from which he emerged FAST! That's the easiest way to discourage them.

7/10/2009 8:41 AM  
Blogger Flea said...

I hope those CDs work. I hadn't thought of that. It's the bugs and heat that are killing my garden.

7/10/2009 9:44 AM  
Blogger Earth Muffin said...

Good idea. I've seen a few gardens in our area where people have done that. I hope it works for you!

7/10/2009 9:47 AM  
Blogger Club 166 said...

I hadn't thought of using CD's, either. Windows 3.11 would certainly scare me (though not as much as
Windows Me or Windows Vista).

Just harvested sweet corn yesterday. As my son said "Our first crop!" I guess he doesn't count leafy things or tomatoes as "crops".


7/10/2009 5:25 PM  
Blogger Halibut said...

Wood chucks are just plain nasty. Destructive and "protected" by the law.

7/13/2009 2:29 AM  

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