I love birds, I do, but not enough to just let them devour my herbs. I discovered the other day that the two rosemary cuttings I had just started cultivating were missing. The rooted rosemary plants were fine. The cuttings, I suppose, were easily plucked out from the soil.
And then I noticed our new dill plant starting to bald - is that the right term? - but the leaves were definitely much fewer, and then yesterday, a stalk was actually broken.
I'm going to roast the culprits if I ever catch them!
Relax - that's just an empty threat. I don't have it in me to hurt a bird.
Those birds are also the reason why we don't bother with sunflowers anymore. They finish up a bloom in just a couple of day, the little gluttons!
Before they make off with every herb in my garden, I need to take steps to thwart those sneaky thieves. Some of the recommendations I've found are:
- Making a tunnel of bird netting.
- Using cut soda plastic bottles.
- Putting up a scarecrow.
- Hanging or sticking shiny ornaments (CDs, mylar, etc.)
- Hanging wind chimes.
- Getting a cat.
I'll probably do the soda bottle and the wind chimes. It might also be fun to put a little scarecrow out there. I'll let you know soon how effective they are.
Do you think they'll leave the plants alone if I install a bird feeder? In any case, if you have any tips for stopping birds from eating up the garden, please comment below.