Apparently, I have them. I am a few weeks into the planting, and while most things should still be germinating, I am getting a few sprouts.
Hunny told me this morning that he’s seen the doves in the garden, picking at my mounds. I have three stray watermelon seedlings that have sprouted, but nothing else yet. Monday will be two weeks, and while I’m not freaking out yet, I am getting really annoyed at the doves- again.
These doves are a thorn in my side, to put it mildly. I hate them. They push the little birds off the feeder, and they eat my feeder dry in a day- that is how big they are and how many there are. They are big, fat, obnoxious, and mean, in addition to being bold. Either they are very stupid or they are very smart, because even people in the yard aren’t cause for they to fly off. If I could get my hands on them…..
My feeder was one that was pretty small, to not allow big birds to perch. Ya, right. They find a way to hang off and crane their necks. Nevermind the seed droppings on the ground.
Besides ignoring humans, noises don’t tend to make them fly away, either. As in, you can bang on the window (which, ironically, I haven’t managed to break yet with the pounding) and not only will they not fly away, they won’t even fly away when you go outside! Sure, they’ll move up to the fence to perch, but as soon as you turn around to go in, they are on the ground right behind you.
I have long hated these doves. And now they are probably ruining my garden?! Can you tell how frustrated I am? These are the same birds that wait to see what is coming out the door before they think about flying away. They don’t even care that the dog is outside, although she has gotten a few here and there.
Sending the cat out or getting a bird-eating kitty has crossed my radar, but the chicks we’re getting in the next few weeks would be fair game and sitting ducks until they got big enough. I’ve even though about getting a rooster, but, well, you know how that would go.
And speaking of the dogs, we’ve been trying to keep them in the house because of – you guessed it – the garden. We put up a 2 1/2- 3 ft wire fence, which big dog just hopped over and removed from the plank along the fence it was fastened to. So, that’s tweaked until hunny can fix it (hopefully today). To block off the other side next to the house, we have placed one of our large yard garbage cans.
Yep, you guessed this, too. Big dog just pushes it out of her way, and little dog can squeeze through the one side. We need a square can, hunny says. I say, we need a gate. He wanted to put a nice wood fence up goinng from end to end, but not only did I need something up much faster (to keep the dogs out), I wasn’t sure we needed to put that kind of money into it. Obviously, that is what it’s going to come to.
BUT. If I can’t keep the doves out of the garden and from eating the planted seeds, I don’t know that I will have it in me to do another garden. They even come and hang out on my patio tomato plants right outside my window!!!! I can just see them now, taking a bath in my garden once the drip system is in place.
Hunny went to Tractor Supply and to the hardware store, asking whether or not the garden owls really work. I don’t think the plastic snakes would work, as bold as these doves are, but it may be worth a try if the owl doesn’t work. He came home with the owl. Other suggestions include a plastic bag tied along the fence flapping. We’ve talked about hanging old cds, but they might be too clunky with our wind, and perhaps a small windsock that we have.
So, friends, I am turning to you. What things have you done and had success with keeping the pesky birds out of your garden? Please leave me comment!