Christmas Balls to Keep Birds Off Tomatoes

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Hang red Christmas balls from your tomato plants to confuse hungry birds. Ill.: pluspng.com, http://www.freeiconspng.com & http://www.tomatodirt.com, montage: laidbackgardener.blog

Do you have a problem with birds pecking at your tomatoes just when they reach maturity, making just enough holes to make the fruits unappetizing? If so, try the following tip.

While the tomatoes are still green, attach red Christmas balls to the tomato cage, trellis or even the plant itself. Curious birds will soon show up (the color red, usually the sign of a ripe fruit, will attract them like a magnet!) and try to peck at the bright red “berries,” but will quickly discover that they actually offer nothing of interest.

When the real fruits finally do turn red, the birds, which have a long memory when it comes to food sources, will ignore them, convinced the fruits of that particular plant are completely inedible. 

Simple, but efficient!

Adapted from a suggestion by Paula Wright.

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