In the Victory Garden, It’s Time to Install the Bird Netting

Chief suspect?

The aforementioned mockingbirds.

This was the second tomato of the year, but the largest one.

An Early Girl.


(Also, judging by my thumbnail, I need a manicure.)

Explore More:

• The good news? Very few grenades this year. Yay.

• I owe my friend Pam a public apology. I should have shared this video, from Central Texas Gardener, with her earlier in the year. The squash borers have attacked her garden. Maybe this video will help someone else?

Wonderful story from up in Boston a retired cabby and his piece of the old Fenway Victory Garden.

Also uplifting is this story about an Ohio Victory Garden that is handicapped accessible.

• Thanks to the Internet, it has been fun to watch Victory Garden Initiative grow up in Milwaukee.

•Speaking of awesome, have you seen the new Peterson Garden Project web design Smoking’! LaManda gave me an awesome biz card with the new design back when we met up with Holly and Jenny for lunch in February.



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  1. This was a great post. Loved the links and I am one step ahead of you. We had to put netting around our concord grapes so the pesky critters would stop eating our leaves.

    Muchos Gracias!
    Karen Syed

  2. Need more hungry cats/firecrackers maybe? I can relate tho; coons, possoms, turtles, etc; seems like they can’t just take ONE & be gone, oh, no-gotta take a bite from every “almost” ripe ones-the ones you were going to pick tomorrow!

  3. Hi Pamela! The link you posted for the video isn’t the right link. My garden is being attacked by those darn borers – can you link to the video? Thanks!

    Sorry about your tomato. 😦 I am going to look for bird netting this week too. Mine are about to start ripening.

  4. Pamela, I had to laugh about the manicure. When I went to the Garden Bloggers’ Fling, I treated myself to a manicure, because my hands are beyond nasty this time of year. I had clean, nice nails for four whole days–and then I came home and got back into the dirt. There’s really no point of even trying for me to have decent hands during growing season. Hope your netting works for you. Two summers ago, I was growing out 80 varieties of heirloom tomatoes for a photo shoot. The morning I went out to harvest for the shoot, I found the deer had a fiesta in the garden–and took a bite out of every single tomato, then left them on the ground. Grrr!

    • The last time that I did the netting, I accidentally caught a Texas-sized lizard. He died. It was awful. Fingers crossed. (And, no, still no manicure!)

  5. Installing bird netting has a number of important benefits for property owners. It saves insulation, siding, and roofs from replacement or repair. It eliminates destructive, corrosive bird droppings; droppings that can corrode metal, destroy finishes and change the color of paint.
    Richard Roberts

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