Sunday’s 3-plus inches of rain kept the ground saturated, so the trellises went in pretty easily. And I wound some of the netting around the ends of the trellises, hoping to anchor it a bit more. Of course, I suppose one crow or mockingbird flapping its wings around it could take the whole thing down. I’m hoping (fingers crossed, even) that won’t happen. Fingers crossed even more that this works just a little bit. I’ve heard both success and failure stories, so I feel like I have a 50-50 chance. Right now, the birds and bugs are getting more than 50 percent of the tomatoes, so what do I have to lose?
As long as I was at it, I actually weeded all the beds, too. Thankfully, there weren’t near as many weeds as in my previous cow-pasture-turned garden, so the weeding only took about 20 minutes. Before I added a bag of dirt to each end of the raised beds, I deadheaded all the marigolds and scattered the seeds. If even one-tenth of the seeds sprout, I’ll probably be trying to find homes for some of them elsewhere (i.e. neighbors).
I also pulled a number of soft, rotting onions from one end of the bed. While the marigolds, tomatoes, basil and chives have loved all the rain, the onions not so much. Hopefully, a few will make it.
Now, all that’s left is to wait and watch. It’s your move, you dirty little birds.
My husband said to tell you they are looking for a source of water if they are eating your tomatoes. Putting a bird bath with fresh water nearby should keep most birds from bothering them. Hope it works.
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I’ve been thinking about a birdbath, stillsearching2. Although tonight, all my flower pots were overflowing with water after a downpour and I still saw a mockingbird under the netting. 😦