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Old 05-13-2008, 08:55 PM   #11
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Mockingbirds, and mostly Cardinals used to have a party on mine...the rubber snake things work...move them around every day or two....
We have enough real snakes that we don't need the rubber ones, Bob.
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Old 05-13-2008, 08:57 PM   #12
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Your grandma had CD's, jkath?

I suddenly feel very old.
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Old 05-13-2008, 10:25 PM   #13
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Shoot Uncle Bob, I haven't had watermelon in my house..... ever, but that sounds like fun on a summer night Might have to pull up a chair....

CDs... continence diapers????
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Old 05-13-2008, 10:42 PM   #14
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Great ideas folks!!!! Yea, I was considering just picking them early. But something appeals to me in having a vine ripened tomatoes.... guess that wont work so well if I can't keep the birds from them. (So do they taste better if they are vine ripened vs off the vine?)

I am doing the container gardening and the pots are up on a patio table. I did not have this problem last year when my plants were in the ground. I guess they are more accessible this way being up off the ground for better viewing.

Thanks for the replies!!! I knew I could count on yall!
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Old 05-14-2008, 12:11 PM   #15
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Last year the squirrels made off with dozens of my tomatoes. They even had a cache of them hidden on top of a metal cable tv junction box on a telephone pole behind my house.

They dropped a lot of them too. One day one dropped on top of my fence and got caught there. Shortly afterward the squirrel took a cherry tomato
and inserted it into a hole on the top of the tomato caught on the fence!!!


omato

I took a picture of it:
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Old 05-14-2008, 03:05 PM   #16
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You definitely need to provide follow up pictures if that squirrel starts making a salad. :D
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Old 05-19-2008, 09:34 AM   #17
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I went to a fabric store and bought yards of inexpensive, light green nylon net. Covered the plants when I see the first bird strike. The light gets through, but it "camoflauges" the plants enough that the birds don't see them. The garden looks odd, but the tomatoes keep on coming and that's what counts. I've had this problem a little here and in Florida, but Hawaii was the worst.
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Old 05-19-2008, 10:06 AM   #18
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I grow my tomatoes in a 8' x 10' green house in containers I had a problem with rats. Nothing that a rat trap and some peanut buuter to fix that problem. I'm pretty much a "Live and let live" person but when you mess with my tomatoes ?
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:29 AM   #19
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Yea, I caught the Mocking Bird red handed!!!! He had started pecking on yet another ripe tomato so I picked it off and laid it in the bottom of the container. He pecked at it all day and left the other fruits alone. I'm harvesting green and allowing them to ripen... or at least trying to. I had fried greem maters last night, so I gots to start over again!
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Old 05-30-2008, 03:28 PM   #20
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An old apple growers' trick which is SUPPOSED to work is to hang red Christmas tree bulbs. The birds are supposed to peck on them and find they are inedible and then don't bother the apples when they ripen. Not speaking from experience, but it sounds good!
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