NAFEX Re: Birds & tomatoes (was: raspberries, netting, and birds)

Ginda Fisher ginda at
Sun Aug 26 14:59:35 EDT 2001

Thanks, all.

I have unprotected tomatoes (cherry and regular), and I haven't had any
trouble, so I will leave the raspberries alone.  I will continue netting
the blueberries, though.  (And I've totally given up on strawberries, at
least until I can find a good way to protect them from birds and

Thanks, guys, you've just saved me a chunk of money.  Maybe I should go
fill up my bird bath, though. . .

Ginda Fisher
eastern Mass., zone 6

Doreen Howard wrote:
> Betty,
> The birds will peck holes in 2-pounders if they are thirsty enough.  
. . .
> Generally, the hotter the summer weather, the more inclined birds are to go
> after tomatoes.
> Doreen Howard
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Betty Mayfield <bmayfield at>
> To: nafex at <nafex at>
> Date: Sunday, August 26, 2001 12:54 PM
> Subject: Birds & tomatoes (was Re: [nafex] raspberries, netting, and birds)
> >To the list:
> >
> >In Sam's comments on birds in regards to raspberries or other berries, I
> >was interested to note the reference to birds and tomatoes. Until a week or
> >so ago I had never heard of birds as a danger to tomatoes. I have never
> >seen it in my own garden, nor had I heard anyone complain before. The
> >complaint I heard recently involved the little cherry tomatoes. Is it
> >possible that the birds attack only the small tomatoes, perhaps confusing
> >them with real cherries? Does anyone have any experience with this?
> >
> >Betty
> >(northwest Oregon)
> >
> >At 08:25 AM 8/26/2001 -0500, Sam wrote:
> >
> >>Ginda, the feeding of birds on my fall-bearing raspberries (which
> >>started to ripen in July this year) is negligible.
> >
> ><snip>
> >
> >>fellow gardeners have pretty well given up trying to grow blueberries
> >>without netting. I suspect the same would be true for strawberries
> >>and possibly cherries.  In addition, the birds have access to ripening
> >>tomatoes and other vegetables in the plots.--Sam in Saint Paul, Minn.
> >>

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