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Protecting your vegetable garden from large birds

If you are a new food gardener, a very experienced one or in between, it is quite likely that large birds have taken more than their fair share of produce from your garden. Its a very common complaint of food gardeners in my experience, particularly in locations with big native bird populations. I have just published an article to my blog titled Protecting your vegetable garden from large birds and talks about methods to minimise the impact of these large birds. These methods cost virtually nothing and do not involve turning your beautiful organic garden into a fortress or condone harm to the birds.

Peter Kearney - www.cityfoodgrowers.com

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 22, 2009 at 16:18
Mmm, interesting ideas, Peter. In the meantime, netting the Blueberries and having the Strawberries hiding among the weeds is my method for dealing with Mickeys who fancy my fruit plants. It's OK for me to be blasé though, there are no scrub turkeys around here and I figure I'd be fencing my plot rather than trust to luck that someone else would chase the turkey away. Although I understand that your solution is the best long-term one.

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