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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Shoo Birds!

The Little Greenhouse

The Eyes

My new garden attracts birds of all sorts. I used to have 3 sunbirds in the old garden who would drop by for a chat in the mornings when I am sipping tea. The sunbirds were very civilized guests. They were well-mannered and dainty. They didn't leave droppings all over my patio. They didn't pull my seedlings out of the soil.

The mynahs and the pigeons are intrusive. With them around, it was impossible initially to raise any seedlings to maturity because once the tender shoots appeared, the naughty birds would kill them. I rather felt like killing those birds. In fact, on more than one occasion, I had imagined them completely naked and sitting on a bed of potatoes and broccoli.

The Husband however went and procured a dozen of plastic snakes. This reduced the seedling massacre by a fair bit but not completely. Then The Husband got me a mini greenhouse and 3 balloons with huge eyes. The birds don't like those big eyes staring balefully at them. And they can't get at my seedlings in the green house at all.


Anonymous said...

Hello PetuniaLee, the little greenhouse is wonderful...I'm going to look for one! Not so much a problem at the moment with birds...instead I have crazy or crazed squirrels. I have a blog friend in England who is sending me tomato seeds...I'm going to try growing one inside (southside of apartment by sliding glass doors) and one outside...I'm still debating on what to do to keep tomatoes from squirrel(s). I see you have lady fingers/okra coming along! I haven't planted mine yet.

I have framed my lovely bamboo, tomorrow I will hang!

petunialee said...

Theanne - Yummsies! Tomatoes!! Right now, I've 8 okra plants. When they fruit, I'm gonna have lotsa yummy okra!

Blur Ting said...

I like the greenhouse. Where can I buy them?

Malar said...

Brilliant idea!

My Sinfonia said...

i want the balloons!

petunialee said...

Sinfonia - Amazon has 'em.