Chillies for Tomatoes

A couple of days ago I put out a plea for assistance on Facebook because sparrows and blackbirds keep digging up my newly-planted vegetable seedlings.  I have had several seedling casualties in the past week.

One suggestion which seemed worth trying was to scatter chillies around the seedlings.  I guess the taste of the chillies is supposed to deter the birds.

As you can see, I scattered some dried chilli flakes around my seedlings today and will wait and see whether the flakes are an effective deterrent.  I'll keep you posted.

Do you have any tips for protecting seedlings from energetic birds?

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