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Post  toledobend on 7/30/2012, 12:13 pm

Didn't know whether to put this in "general discussion" or "pests". I've read where you can put apples in baggies to protect them from pests while ripining (with a small hole at the bottom to drain moisture). Can this be done with tomatoes also? The mocking birds (or other birds) are pecking every tomato we have, sometimes only on or two pecks, but enough to ruin the tomato.
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Post  littlesapphire on 7/30/2012, 1:36 pm

Wow, that sounds really annoying! I've never had problems with critters in my toms, do I don't know what to tell you. I would imagine the baggie would attract earwigs who like dark protected places, and I can tell you for certain that earwigs aren't something you want near your ripening veggies (I've lost some corn to them).

I will say that when birds wee pecking my strawberries, I put some bird netting over them and didn't have any more problems after that. Some people say birds get caught in that kind of netting, but ive also used it as a boarder fence around my whole garden and have yet to catch any birds in it Smile
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Post  No_Such_Reality on 7/30/2012, 2:43 pm

Don't remember if it was on this forum or somewhere else.

Bird's pecking your tomatoes is because they're thirsty. Add a bird bath to your garden. (Not sure if that's really a problem in Louisiana).

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Post  Roseinarosecity on 7/30/2012, 4:27 pm

I agree with 'No Such Reality' about having water in a bird bath near by. I have lots of Mockingbirds going back and forth between my two neighbors and they never touch my tomatoes. I have a bird bath in my front yard and other water sources in my backyard basically for my chickens. I have never seen other birds take water from the low water source for the chickens but I have seen them in the birdbath. Birdbaths should be placed near a shrub or tree so the birds can fly away in case a cat or hawk comes by.


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Post  Lindacol on 7/30/2012, 4:50 pm

I have had tomato damage from possibly birds but also from the big green june beetles that are so annoying right now. I have old nylon stockings over nearly ripe clusters. Sort of like what I use to protect & support squash/melons. For the toms I don't tie them. just cover the toms. You could also use the mesh bags like when you are saving seeds to prevent cross pollination.
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Post  Triciasgarden on 7/31/2012, 3:15 am

This gives me great ideas on what to do about my ripening pears. Thank you!
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