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Offline Chapman

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Tomato tip for bird damage
« on: May 16, 2019, 09:08:42 PM »
Put red Christmas ornaments on you tomato plants before they ripen.  The birds will check out the red ornament, see it is not good to eat, and later when the tomatoes turn red the birds are less likely to peck them.  I believe it helps :)

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Re: Tomato tip for bird damage
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2019, 09:49:04 AM »
I'll try it!  They take a toll every year on my tomato crop. 
Plus I'm a huge Christmas guy.... Win - Win
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Re: Tomato tip for bird damage
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2019, 09:57:15 AM »
My buddy that tries to get ripe tomatoes before me falls for the ol Christmas ornament trick every other year. Cant tell you the number of laughs I've gotten from hanging them off his tomato plants!

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Re: Tomato tip for bird damage
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2019, 04:04:39 PM »
It works!!!!
I have done this for years with baseballs.......yes, baseballs painted red.
Where I used to live butted up to the baseball field of our local high school and I ended up with many homeruns that I painted and hung on stakes next to my toms.
The key is to get them out early before tomatoes ripen.
I put mine out when blooms first appear.
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Re: Tomato tip for bird damage
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2019, 03:33:57 PM »
heard this idea but never used. Pick early or cover. I use plastic bags or netting. Netting just hard to get off after to store.

Might experiment. 

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Re: Tomato tip for bird damage
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2019, 05:17:00 PM »
My aunt in Memphis claimed the red ornaments worked well for her neighbor. She told me about it 5 or so years ago. We lost 3 trees in a storm soon after and had less birds and not a bad problem with the tomatoes after that ...so never did try it myself.

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Re: Tomato tip for bird damage
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2019, 05:42:54 PM »
  I try to pick all my tomatoes when they first start to turn.  My goal is never let a bird see a red ripe tomato on my plants.  I think that is probably the best thing you can do.  I think the ornaments can be helpful too.
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