I’ve only really started gardening in the last four years. I previously thought I had a really brown thumb when it was really just lack of knowledge and poor growing conditions (like a completely clay “garden” area).
Now that we have things up and running in our garden and things are growing well it can be even more frustrating when things don’t work or when external conditions work against me – like hail in the middle of July or robins that try to eat all my strawberries just before they are ripe enough for me to pick them.
I can’t do anything about the hail but I can out smart the robins.
A SIMPLE HACK TO STOP BIRDS FROM EATING YOUR STRAWBERRIES AND OTHER GARDEN PRODUCE
I came across this super cheap and easy hack on Instagram a few weeks ago and knew we needed to give it a try.
Over the years have tried a few different netting options over our strawberries but at first the holes weren’t big enough in the netting for the pollinators to get through so we didn’t have very big or very many strawberries. Then the next thing we tried had a good net but it was touching the strawberry plants and the crafty robins just pecked through and made their mark by taking one bite out of each berry.
We needed a different solution.
So when I saw this idea pop up on Instagram thanks to my local friend Kristen of Shifting Roots I thought this was worth a shot.
This super simple solution just involves two hula hoops, some bird netting and some kind of clips to attach the netting to the hoops.
I found our hula hoops at Dollarama but any hula hoops would work. I didn’t need to cut these ones in half because these kind could just be pulled apart but if yours don’t have a seam that you can pull apart you’ll just need to cut them in half. I went with the biggest hula hoops I could find but you could use smaller ones depending on the space you are trying to cover.
For the netting we already had some bird netting from a previous attempt to keep the birds out that we could reuse. The netting is quite cheap, big enough for pollinators to get through and has been incredibly effective when used with hula hoops.
After that all we needed was some way to attach the net to the hula hoop and/or the garden box to keep the net down. Because I didn’t want to go to the store and I had some binder clips around the house I just used those, oh, plus a rock and our garden gnome are helping to hold down a bit of the netting. 😉
If I want to make it a little more aesthetically pleasing in the future I may paint the hula hoops or buy some new ones that are a little less flashy but for now I was going for efficiency over aesthetics.
Strawberries > Looks
Now it is really easy to stick my hand under the net to collect the strawberries and I don’t have to be disappointed to find that each berry has a bite taken out of it.
If the robins move on to eating anything else in the garden I am going to put up more of these, if I’m going through the work to plant and weed a garden I at least want to be able to eat the produce that comes out of it!
Do you have any good garden hacks or tips? I would love to hear them!