Welcome! I am the blogger behind A Way to Garden and these forums, which I call "Urgent Garden Question Forums" because after all, doesn’t it always feel like an emergency when you aren’t sure what to do out in the garden all alone? Ask away–and help each other figure out any issues you have with growing fruit. I will be checking in from time to time as well. Margaret
I get terrific production from my backyard planting of Heritage everbearing red raspberries but used to share the crop with feasting birds. I discovered Dancing Garden Mirrors online (www.dancinggardenmirrors.com), which I thought might offer a solution to my bird problem.
Small double-sided mirrors of various shapes are hung from overhead wires, where they move in the slightest breeze and shimmer and flicker from reflected sunlight. Hanging pieces of used CD discs achieve a similar effect. This mirror trick has reduced my raspberry crop losses, while providing delightful dancing lights in the backyard. Craig Hibben
What a wonderful idea, Craig. I have new raspberry and blueberry plantings that should bear this year and I was trying to think of how I could keep the birds from eating them all! I’ll try this. The old CD idea is very appealing since it’s free!
I am having a problem with birds eating my strawberries – thought of putting netting over them…will that work? You idea of hanging the cd pieces sounds interesting too though. this is the first time I have planted strawwberries, so any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
Yes, netting will help but gets in the way when harvesting. Simple loops are the best so that netting can be slid up and over easily.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.