Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» N & C Midwest: March 2017 Brink of Spring
by CitizenKate Today at 11:36 pm

» Need another type of compost.
by trolleydriver Today at 11:32 pm

» Squares under siege... by grass!
by RC3291 Today at 10:37 pm

» New England March 2017
by Scorpio Rising Today at 10:15 pm

» Ground Cherries
by Scorpio Rising Today at 10:09 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Scorpio Rising Today at 9:52 pm

» Anyone in SE Idaho or near by?
by Scorpio Rising Today at 8:59 pm

» Carrot Week 2017!
by ralitaco Today at 8:54 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by mlpii66 Today at 8:50 pm

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by mlpii66 Today at 8:33 pm

» Comfrey
by countrynaturals Today at 8:00 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Today at 7:54 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in March 2017
by sanderson Today at 5:00 pm

» Mary Mary quite contrary, how does your garlic grow?
by sanderson Today at 4:50 pm

» Hello from Southern Illinois
by MrBooker Today at 4:23 am

» Terrible News: Bumblebees In Trouble
by audrey.jeanne.roberts Yesterday at 9:41 pm

» New from OK City
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:34 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:56 am

» Tomato Mystery Mix
by Avinash Yesterday at 12:06 am

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by TCgardening 3/22/2017, 9:46 pm

» New to SFG!
by TCgardening 3/22/2017, 9:39 pm

» North Texas - Square Foot Garden
by Scorpio Rising 3/22/2017, 8:34 pm

» How can we save this tree?
by countrynaturals 3/22/2017, 2:30 pm

» Ontario - trying out SFG
by Kelejan 3/22/2017, 12:39 pm

» List of Forum Members with Blogs
by Cajun Cappy 3/22/2017, 12:31 pm

» SUGA 2017
by SQWIB 3/22/2017, 9:26 am

» Happy Birthday!!
by AtlantaMarie 3/22/2017, 8:42 am

» who has chickens
by sanderson 3/21/2017, 3:00 pm

» Rolling Boxes
by sanderson 3/21/2017, 2:50 pm

» Bok Choy
by Scorpio Rising 3/20/2017, 7:16 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Do birds eat bean blossoms?

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Do birds eat bean blossoms?

Post  ander217 on 6/27/2010, 2:47 pm

My pole beans are a total failure so far. They are growing nicely up the trellis, and every day I see new flower buds about to open. Then every evening I go out and those buds are gone.

I have Scarlet Runner beans as well as Blue Lakes, and I have yet to see a single blossom open. The Scarlet Runner buds look so pretty, and I once saw a red flower half open, but it was gone a few hours later leaving an empty space on the vine.

Do birds eat flowers? I thought at first the birds might think the red flowers were cherries or something, but the white flowers from the Blue Lakes are disappearing just as fast as the red ones.

I see a mockingbird around the garden pretty often. I figure if it's a bird doing it, he/she is the culprit.

Anyone else having this problem?
avatar
ander217

Female Posts : 1450
Join date : 2010-03-16
Age : 62
Location : Southeastern Missouri (6b)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Do birds eat bean blossoms?

Post  Chopper on 6/27/2010, 2:54 pm

Why don't you try throwing some bird netting over the group and see if it stops the problem?

Chopper

Female Posts : 2467
Join date : 2010-05-05
Age : 61
Location : Warner Springs, CA USDA Zone 8a, Sunset Zone 7 (I think)

View user profile http://thezimmermannfamilytoo.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Do birds eat bean blossoms?

Post  Megan on 6/27/2010, 2:59 pm

So sorry to hear that! Mine have been left alone so far, even though the local birds seem to love the trellises as a perch, given the droppings on the plants' leaves below. My Cherokee pole beans have pink-purple flowers, the Christmas pole limas are cream-colored. The flowers are not very big.
avatar
Megan

Female Posts : 3350
Join date : 2010-04-27
Age : 50
Location : Manassas, VA - Zone 7a

View user profile http://novasquarefootgardener.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Bird netting

Post  ander217 on 6/27/2010, 4:01 pm

@Chopper wrote:Why don't you try throwing some bird netting over the group and see if it stops the problem?

We threw a bird net over our cherry tree when it was fruiting, and I went out to pick them one day and saw a little wren dangling from the netting. It got its head stuck in the net and died.

Every time I think about using the bird netting again, in my mind I see that little bird that came to our feeder all winter hanging limply and I just can't do it.
avatar
ander217

Female Posts : 1450
Join date : 2010-03-16
Age : 62
Location : Southeastern Missouri (6b)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Do birds eat bean blossoms?

Post  Megan on 6/27/2010, 9:02 pm

Oh dear. I recall finding a little bird drowned in my parents' goldfish pond I helped my dad build. I felt terrible about it. But in the end, you can't control all the ramifications of your actions... you can only do the best you can. (Not wanting or trying to start a philosophical debate, just expressing sympathy.)
avatar
Megan

Female Posts : 3350
Join date : 2010-04-27
Age : 50
Location : Manassas, VA - Zone 7a

View user profile http://novasquarefootgardener.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Do birds eat bean blossoms?

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum