My strawberry plants are blooming like mad right now, and I am looking forward to a bumper crop. However, I'm sure that the birds in my neighborhood are looking forward to it just as much.
The first couple of years I grew berries, I lost a good number of them to hungry birds. I'd tell myself that there was plenty of time to protect them, and it never failed that the strawberries would attain that first, beautiful blush of pink, and the birds would beat me to them.
The key, of course is to have a Berry Defense Plan in place before you need it. I've written an article about humane ways to protect berries from birds. Among the methods listed, netting is my favorite because it's the most fool-proof. But if you have just a strawberry pot or hanging basket and don't want to bother with netting, many of the other methods in the article are worth a shot. My mother-in-law recycles old party streamers to protect her small blueberry patch, and she has pretty good luck with it.
What's your favorite method for protecting berries from the birds? Or do you just assume you'll be sharing your crop with them?
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