How to Protect Your Fruit from the Birds for One Dollar


Alright! This is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com.
Today I’ve got another exciting episode for you coming at you from my backyard garden
and today we’re going to talk about a problem I know I have and probably you guys have also.
That’s why you’re watching this video, that’s why you clicked on it. It’s the birds!
What we’re looking at here is actually my tree collard plants that every year they seem
to go to flower which they’re actually not supposed to and they make seeds. They make
lots of amazing seeds but unfortunately I failed to cover them up and basically the
birds come here, they peck the little pods, the seed pods and they eat the seeds because
after all that’s their natural food. So I’m glad I could feed the birds some of
my extra tree collard seeds. Some of them I do get to save, some of them fall on the
ground because they don’t get each and every one, looks like there’s actually a lot on
the ground that I could sweep up. Sometimes they fall onto the bed next door and they
get all these little sprouts come up. So I always have continual plants but I don’t have
any to send out to you guys in any large quantities because the birds get them.
So beside the birds getting my tree collard seeds, sometimes they’ll pick out seeds that
I plant in the garden under soil and sometimes they’ll even eat baby plants. But most of
all, what pisses me off the most is when they eat my damn tomatoes. So let’s go over to
my little tomato patch and share with you guys how I’m going to prevent the birds from
eating my tomatoes for just one buck. So now we’re looking at my tomato bed here,
I think I have maybe almost a half dozen plants in a four food circle or raised bed. I got
some, actually smallerish tomato cages on them, they’re about four feet tall and I got
all these little cherry tomatoes coming up on me. So what happens is on these little
baby cherry tomatoes that you guys are seeing the birds will see that they’re red, they’ll
see that they’re ripe, they’ll see that there’s food, they contain seeds, they contain water
and birds in nature, especially here in the desert they are hungry little creatures.
They’ll go in there and they’ll peck it once or twice and they’ll go somewhere else. Meanwhile
I got pecked tomatoes which is not good for me because I don’t like to eat pecked tomatoes,
sometimes I’ll cut off the pecked half, compost that and then I’ll eat the good half. But
why do that when you can protect your tomatoes with just something as cheap as one buck?
This is what I got from the dollar store right here. It’s actually this stuff, it’s actually
called the garden netting. This garden netting was at the 99 only store, they have stores
I think in California, Nevada, I’ve seen them in Texas and maybe some other states. A lot
of other dollar stores may carry some things like this and some others may not. If you’re
a dollar store owner, yeah carry gardening stuff man, us gardeners will be buying your
stuff especially for a buck to protect our valuable tomatoes.
So what that this garden netting is do, is just create a barrier over my plants so that
the birds can’t get in there. This is a very simple solution. I mean if you got some old
fish netting if you’re no longer fishing and the holes are small enough, hey use it for
your garden. Basically anything you can put over it to protect your plants from the birds
is a good thing. They also have fruit tree netting at like a standard nursery and what
not. It’s going to cost you a lot more money than a buck but your fruits are definitely
worth it. So we’re just going to go ahead and unfurl
this stuff right here, see how long this is. It kind of stretches out, look at that! I
don’t know if you guys could see that, this is nice and huge. So you could just wrap this
around, tie it with some twine or something like that. But I got something else at the
dollar store, but I actually usually have a lot hanging out. So I have extra ones, but
I got these plant clips. So these plant clips I normally use them to
basically stake up my tomatoes, my peppers and other plants, cucumbers, and I have so
many around here, just hanging out. I’m just going to use these to clip down the netting
to my tomatoes, to the cages so that I could actually just easily remove it and get it
in there and actually harvest my tomatoes when I want to. So let’s go ahead and put
this on and wrap it around. Alright so as you guys can see I’ve been working
on getting this netting stuff all the way around my tomato cages, it’s working pretty
good and I have man a lot of material left. This is really cool, I started trying to put
it around and this bird netting is actually pretty cheap netting stuff, I mean what do
you expect for a buck right. I got a little bit more time than money.
So yeah, this is working good but you have to untangle this and furl it out and be real
careful, it kind of gets, your plants kind of get stuck on it so you kind of got to like
push all your plants in and keep them inside so they’re not running into the netting and
that could be a problem later if you’re not paying attention, you know your plants will
grow through the netting and then the birds will able to get the stuff on the outside
then you won’t be able to get it on the inside to take it off. So you just got to pay attention
to that. The technique I’ve been using actually, I’ve
been going around to the bottom of the netting, basically it’s I don’t, it doesn’t tell me
the overall like length, but I figure if I stretch it out it’ll probably be about like
6 feet tall which is an amazing deal. It’s like 6 feet tall by 32 feet, so that’s a huge
piece of netting for just a buck. Now, they do have this netting that I bought
which is in the long skinny pack and that’s the good deal one, 32 feet. They also had
a different kind of netting that was like in a square pack, that was significantly less
netting for the same price, although the netting wasn’t as thin, it was a little bit more thick,
but I want to cover the maximum square foot area for the minimal cost. So this is the
one that I got. So anyways I went around the whole bottom, pinned that up, I kind of draped
of the top and I got to pull this tight and use all the rest at the end to go up the top
to make just a big enclosure so that the birds can’t get in there. I’m going to go ahead
and finish this up and come back at you when I’m all done.
Alright so as you guys could see I got the netting all the way wrapped around my tomatoes
and now they’re protected against the birds. I had so much extra netting actually I could
of went double high, so actually I just put a cage upside down in the middle one only
to make like a little house or round hut shape, although maybe later I’ll go back in, put
upside down cages on each one of these guys and make it double high so that my plants
have more room to grow. The easy thing about this when I want to get in there I just clip
off the bottom and roll it up and that’s where all my tomatoes are at the moment, they’re
near the bottom, roll it up, get the good ones, roll it back down and then let my tomatoes
ripen up without the birds getting them. Now whether you guys have problems with birds
and tomatoes or whether you guys got gophers or rabbits this is an easy way to protect
your plants, simply put a covering on them, you don’t need to use any kind of like anti-bird
deterrent, streamers, ribbons flying in the air, pinwheels, fake owls, although you could
get an ally cat and let them roam your garden, they’ll probably get the birds. But you just
need to protect them and cover them with some netting like this, I got for a buck or if
you got the real stuff go to a nursery get the real bird netting, that stuff’s a lot
easier to work with because it’s lot more thick then this thin stuff, but hey, if this
lasts me a season and I get tons of tomatoes out of my garden and the birds don’t for a
dollar I think it’s definitely worth it. The other thing you could do of course is
use something like chicken wire to surround your garden, build that around your whole
garden to keep them out and if you got things like gophers and whatnot, put chicken wire
even a bigger, thicker gage wire on the bottom of your raised bed so that they can’t get
in from underneath. There’s always a way to protect your garden naturally without using
any kind of chemicals, pesticides or herbicides, anything like this by simply protecting them.
That’s why you guys lock your doors at night right? So the burglars don’t come and break
into your house and steal your stuff. I don’t want the birds stealing my hard work and eating
my delicious beyond organic tomatoes and neither do you.
So now you guys know how to protect your tomatoes for a buck, if you don’t have the 99 only
stores near you check your other dollar stores or you’ll just have to go to the nursery and
spend more money, maybe some website online maybe sells this stuff for a couple bucks,
but nonetheless there’s always a way to protect your food today, all animals do this.
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Alright! This is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com. Today we’ve got another exciting episode for
you coming at you from my beautiful backyard garden on a beautiful spring day. Summer’s
almost here! Hopefully you guys got your garden’s planted out