Son of a Farmer

“Everything is connected. That bond is what keeps this Planet dancing round in poetic choreography. That connection is what keeps us all alive. What we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves. If we are capable of destruction, we are most certainly capable of healing. ” – Eric Herm

Eric Herm, (organic farmer, author, activist and musician) translates modern day agriculture and life through various mediums and venues in his own unique West Texas manner. With plow, pen, guitar and sarcastic wit, Herm plunges forward into a world of tumbleweeds, sandstorms, droughts, GMOs, and rural existence.

Keeping Birds Away from Tomatoes

While my tomato plants are producing well, I have experienced another problem. Birds. One or two green tomatoes have holes pecked in them. So, I wondered why birds are doing this all of a sudden?

So, I did what I like to do when trying to solve a problem…I used a little common sense. We are still in a huge drought – no water in site. Tomatoes are 90% water. Aha! A-ha! The birds are trying to get water!

I’d let our bird bath go dry, so I filled it up and also set out some shallow pans of water so the birds have a reliable water source, and this keeps them away from the water-rich tomatoes. You don’t have to buy bird baths or shallow pans if you don’t have any. Recycle old containers that take up lots of garbage space. Cut plastic juice containers in half or utilize anything that will hold water to attract thirsty birds.

(In case there are insects that might be boring a hole in your tomatoes, I douse my plants with diatomaceous earth. This should take care of any insect daring to violate your fruit.)

No shotgun necessary. For good measure, I make sure I have adult conversations with the birds to let them know we need to work together. And just in case there’s some stubborn fowl, I tie orange stream tape from the tomato cages to annoy them. That only works when the wind is blowing, of course.