Sparrow likes to eat sage

geseekerMarch 27, 2010

Well, i started sage from seed 3 weeks ago and i was really happy that i succeeded in doing that. Today however, i found some of my baby sage eaten up by sparrows. I'm really upset about it. Has anybody experienced similar situations? I'm also growing oregano, thyme and basil this year, which one(s) of them attracts birds too?

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geseeker

Forgot to ask, I'm also planning to grow rosemary too. Do I need to watch out for birds when planting it?

    Bookmark   March 27, 2010 at 10:56PM
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lazy_gardens

Many birds will eat seedlings.

I protect them with a tent of chicken wire or bird netting until they are big enough to survive the attacks.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2010 at 7:04AM
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opal52(z7b GA)

I usually start seeds indoors for all the herbs you mentioned other than basil. I have not had problems with birds eating or pulling up basil. Never seen birds eating new growth or doing damage of any sort to new transplants or established plants. Birds do check the around our thyme, rosemary and sage bushes for insects. We grow basil in containers and our resident Carolina Wren will hop around in them checking for insects several times a day.

For young plants in our in ground garden, our challenge is squirrels. I do the same as previous poster and protect with a wire cage until they get established.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2010 at 9:34AM
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cyrus_gardner(8)

There is an easy and simple way to protect any seedling from birds, rabbits, deers, etc.
Go to a fabric store and buy some nylon tulle. They come in diff. colors and thightness.
Just throw it over your seedlings, in a wrinkled fashon.
You might put few sticks here and there to leave space .
But even without that there will be no harm when seedlings are small/short.
I am doing it with my peas now. Otherwise rabbits will munc them.
Also, get non-green color so the animall can see it and will not bother to go there(only mytheory)
The thing with tulle is that it will not be moved by wind,
the rain and sunshine will go throgh it.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2010 at 11:48AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Birds are also attracted to the freshly turned earth - great for digging and scratching for all manner of tasty morsels. Mulching can minimize bird appeal. I use "planter's paper" in the veggie garden. Old newspaper can be re-used for this purpose as well.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   March 28, 2010 at 2:18PM
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