On the War Path
I have this garden. And it’s great. It’s (mostly) growing, some of it even flourishing. Minus one minor detail….
The other part of my apartment garden is being attacked and pillaged by birds! What on earth did I do to deserve this kind of treatment? I am a fan of the birds. Well, I’m a fan of the cute little chirpy ones that just live their lives fluttering around and making people happy – the non-scavenging type. The ones on the assault of my garden however, are starlings.
Those pillaging, heartless, selfish, and worthless birds outright stole all four of my basil plants and began breaking off branches from my little tomatoes! How dare they? They didn’t touch the rosemary, the chives, the spinach or the cilantro – just my adored and prized basils and tomatoes. Jerks!
It was suggested that I should invest in a shotgun – but for some reason, the apartment complex managers may not be as on board with that plan… so I’ll tone it down a bit to something a little less, lethal? Ben did however chuckle at the thought of me sitting in a rocker out on my balcony, shining a shotgun like an old bitty in the country. It was funny until I realized how true it could actually be sometime in the not so distant future.
Lady, given that I hopped off of the treadmill today to kill a centipede that was in our basement and then hopped back on, I think it's safe to say I'm lethal when it comes to pests. Good luck with the Starlings!
First off I want to jump through the computer screen and squeeze his adorable little face! He is the cutest dog ever! I have yet to start my little garden cause boy oh boy are there lots of bugs down here in Texas! I've heard that fresh plants attract more bugs so I've been putting off my little garden but you have me totally wishing I had some fresh herbs growin on my porch right now!
I'm so jealous of your garden! My measly herb garden is still in the box…sitting on my kitchen counter:)
I have grand ideas of being lethal with pests, but the biggest detriment to my garden are a herd of deer that eat my plants like snacks. I really don't want to hunt them down out of season. (Or at all.) Hubby calls the deer "tall rats" because they eat anything.
I love the scare tape, though! Most of the orchards/vineyards around here have scare tape strips hanging from everywhere. I'm not sure how well it works, but it's really pretty on a sunny day.
I hope those pesky starlings leave the basil alone. Messing with your potential Caprese salad is no bueno!
The birds, unfortunately, seem to beat me at the tomatoes. Used to use the scare tape, but I think that's on my purchasing to-do list today. I have a very prolific fig tree, which I really don't mind sharing with the birds, but now that my MIL wants the extras for canning, I need to scare the birds away. My MIL suggested hanging old CD's in the tree as a scare factor; she also suggested hanging a shiny red ornament in the tomatoes (not sure if that'd work, but I suppose it's worth the try). My windchimes don't do diddly squat…I believe the birds look at it as music to dine by. As for your shotgun idea…hmmm.