Simple Way to Protect Vegetables in Your Garden from Birds

Simple Way to Protect Vegetables in Your Garden from Birds

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Alright! This is John Kohler with
coming at you in HD from the backyard garden, and today we’ve got another exciting episode
for you. This is not a fun one, and this one’s having to do with pests. Pests in your garden,
and one particular kind of pest you may be having, and I know I am. Now this stumped
for a couple days and I was like, ‘what the heck is going on?’ You know, and what happened
was this. I simply came outside and these are my beautiful purple perennial tree collards
that under extreme conditions like the nice hot heat they do flower and go to bulbs and
seed, but that’s alright. You can cut these guys off and they’ll continue to grow and
I have let these gone to full term and flower, seed, and then produce the seeds and then
cut them back and then the pant continues to grow and this is simply amazing. So, this
year what happened was they went to seed and this year I came out and all the seed pods
are getting jacked up like, ‘okay, John, what’s going on? Usually at the end of the season
when the seeds are finally done and dry, the seed pods will bust open and fall and then
I’ll have tree collards coming up my wazoo, but in this case the seed pods are looking
all green and they’re all messed up and damaged,’ and I’m like, ‘man, what’s going on here?’
and I couldn’t figure it out until I was walking outside just the other day. So, actually let
me show you guys actually what I saw when I was walking outside. So, now I’m about to
go outside and show you guys what those little spur dudes are going in my thing. Alright,
I got the zoom there. See that little sucker? Look at what that little sucker’s doing. There’s
a little bird, eating my tree collard seeds, little scumbag. Look at that. He’s snacking
out, man. That’s a nice fat source for him. Totally eating it. So, we’re going to have
to prevent him from eating my tree collard seeds anymore. So, here’s the damage to the
tree collard seeds. The birds basically peck these open like little pods. They eat all
the little beans out. These’re not even developed seeds yet, ’cause they haven’t been out long
enough, but they’re a high source of fat to the birds, and yes we can actually also eat
them. Wouldn’t give us a lot of food. I’d rather save these for the seeds themselves,
and, you know, they’re really tearing these guys up. I don’t know if I’m even going to
have a good yield of seeds this year ’cause they really picked the majority of these guys
up, and, you know, now because it was highly damaged, I might not have any tree collard
seeds. So, this is what nature does. So, we’re going to have to be proactive and take some
steps that they cannot do this in the future. So, come back at you in a second. So, man,
isn’t that incredible? You guys say the little bugger, man. The little dude was eating my
seeds. I mean, it’s all good. I’m glad I could feed nature, but, you know, he needs to be
eating something else, not my rare perennial tree collard seeds that rarely go to seed,
and these seed are quite valuable ’cause I want to save the genetic diversity to spread
those to other people so that they can also grow these cool plants. So, I had to figure
out a solution so that the birds can’t get in here to eat but also make in convenient
for me to still harvest my tree collards when I want to eat them. So, you know, I could
go out and buy bird netting, but that would be an expensive having to buy more stuff or
I could get hang some CDs, some compact discs, on string and that would kind of spin around
and that could kind of scare the birds because that would be good or you could take some
like milar film like milar balloon, that material, but it up into little strips and then tie
them onto places and that may blow in the wind and scare the bids and keep them away,
and while those methods may work, it doesn’t really protect your junk in the trunk. I like
protecting my junk, especially if I’m playing sporting events, but anyways, we’re going
to protect my tree collard seeds because they are important and they haven’t even yet developed.
They’re still babies and they’re getting eaten. It makes me so sad. So, let me next show you
guys how I’m going to protect my tree collard seeds with a cool item that actually I just
happened to save. So, now I’m going to show you guys how I’m going to protect my tree
collard seeds from getting eaten from the birds. I’ve got these bags here. So, what
these bags are. They’re poly bag and actually I get coconuts in these. I buy coconuts in
bulk in the husk, and I guess these bags are very similar to the bags you might bet a big
bag of potatoes or a big bag of onions, you know, or a big bag of oranges sometimes, but
this is like the super huge gigantic size. Usually the ones for potatoes or onions are
bit smaller, and I don’t know where else you’d get these but I have these laying around because
I really don’t like throwing anything out and that could be a thing, you know, if you’re
gardening and you’re single like I am, but it could be a bad thing if you’re married,
so good thing I got a good big garage and maybe I’ll even build a shed here to store
some extra junk, but hey, one mans junk is another mans treasure, and this today is a
treasure because it’s going to allow me to save my perennial tree collard seeds form
getting eating by the birds, and maybe another solution would be to get a good cat. Anyways,
so, all we’re going to do is take this big bag here, and as you can see there’s the opening,
and this bag is so huge, it’ll fit on me. Stick ’em up I want all your vegetables. So,
we’re going to take this bag and put all these stalks here that have the seeds growing, if
they have the leaves I’m not going to keep them in the bag ’cause I want to be able to
harvest those guys, and luckily most of the guys that have the seeds are to be segregated
out and I think they’re right here. So, we’re going o take these guys on plant and we’re
going to bag it on up and to help inside this little bag here I’ve got a bamboo stick to
keep this straight. Hopefully that’s going to allow me to put this on a little bit easier
so it doesn’t collapse on me, and we’re just going to go ahead and stick this all the way
in, just like putting a bag over your junk when you’re going to use it. So, the last
thing is we’re going to go ahead and grab some string here. We’ve just got some twine.
Just going to go ahead and roll off a bunch, just break it off, and we’re going to go ahead
and tie off the bottom. This is very important so that the wind doesn’t blow this off and
the bids won’t be able to actually get inside and then get up in there and have free reign.
So, we’re just going to go ahead and pull this pretty taut. That’s a cool word, taut.
I was taught a lot of stuff in school, but I’m also able to pull this taut and tie it
off. Bet you didn’t know I was an English major. Actually I wasn’t an English major,
so don’t learn English form me, just learn gardening. Alright, so we’ve got this taut
here. Just going to go ahead and put our string around and tie this guy off. Alright, we’re
all tied off and check it out, this is now my protected tree collard seeds. A couple
are sticking out here. They might be able to get to ’em, but that’s alright. The majority
of them are going to be safe form the bids and I will be able to harvest them for my
uses instead of the birds eating them. Another thing I was considering for, you know, mother
nature and for the bids, because it’s really sad in this day and age that the birds have
to come to my garden to eat my perennial tree collards, I mean they are mineral dense mineral
rich with trace minerals, probably taste better than anything else they could find in this
big city, ’cause there’s not a lot of nature that could feed the birds anymore, so I did
consider, you know, maybe getting a bird bath and actually a bird feeder to feed them and
supply them with food but then I don’t want necessarily to encourage birds to come into
my place because when that runs out hey might come to my garden and eat and know that this
is a valuable food source for them. So, I don’t really want to encourage them to come
so I decided to just wrap this up and let them find some place else to go. Another thing
that may happen that has happened to me before is that in the heat of the summer when I have
nice juicy plump red tomatoes, the birds are going to come and peck at the tomatoes. Now,
they’re not necessarily pecking to eat the tomatoes. They’re pecking for the water. Tomatoes
are full of water, and that’s why they’re good for us, besides that they’re rich in
other things like lipopine and other nutrients. So, you know, at that point I may just have
a bird bath to see if I could divert them, you know, to go to the bird bath instead of
pucking my tomatoes for the water, or I might just se these bags once again to cover my
tomato plant if they’re small so that I can eat my tomatoes and not the birds. So, you
know, the last thing I want to mention today is that there will always be creatures, pests,
whatever you want to call them, whether they’re birds, alligators, lizards, moles, boles,
cats, dogs, rabbits, raccoons, anything, they’re going to be coming at you to you’re garden
to eat your stuff because you’re providing them food, you’re providing them gourmet food
that they can’t get anywhere else. Some of the best stuff, especially if you’re using
some of my growing practices including a lot of organic matter, the compost and some of
the trace minerals. Man, the foods really going light them up like it lights you up
when you’re eating it. So, but there’s always a way to keep them out. Just be persistent.
Just use your brain and think of creative ways you can use to, you know, keep them out.
I wouldn’t normally have to go buy some, you now, bird cloth or whatever, and that costs
some money, but I had these guys laying around and I always love to find reuses for something’s
that I have saved previously. So, hopefully you guys have enjoyed this episode, you’re
a little bit more motivated now to, you know, deter pests however you can. Once again, my
name is John Kohler with We’ll see you next time, and remember, keep
on growing.

100 thoughts on “Simple Way to Protect Vegetables in Your Garden from Birds

  • Joe Feser Post author

    I try chasing them but that is useless. I have considered urine around the garden. The neighbors keep feeding them and they keep multiplying so my issue is getting worse not better.

  • Joe Feser Post author

    Cement blocks normally just have lime. Nothing is perfect. I have a few beds that are southern pine but pressure treated (the technology in the south for pressure treated is different than the old stuff. I am also using cedar fence boards at 2.50 each. So a 12 foot bed is about $30 including the 2×4 needed for the corners. See joefeser on instagram.

  • irmoboy18 Post author

    oh nice.. didnt think about the fence boards..

  • neverevermoregrey Post author

    comin at you bro

  • ElectronGong Post author

    Hey John, Love your videos, so helpful. I was wondering about growing veggies in galvanized tubs? Do you have an opinion about this, toxic or not? Some people say line them with plastic, then others say plastic leaches chemicals? What do you think? Thanks.

  • Gardening & More Post author

    did you have to add audio to this , you voice dont match , if you need help with programs let me know

  • SoundXcape Post author

    'Lil scumbag comment had me ROFL!

  • Life Prepper Post author

    You might have some serious lag going on, because on my machine his voice matched up just fine.

  • Gabe Acosta Post author

    check my channel please about Ecuador the organic land you can grow anything

  • Gardening & More Post author

    maybe thanks

  • Gardening & More Post author

    ur right when i put him in HD it lags i guess cuz at 360 it matches

  • Queen Avacado Post author

    So cute! 1:42 the little guy just looks at you. As if he's saying "thanks John!"….

  • Queen Avacado Post author

    btw nothing works as well as cats and dogs. A dog in the vicinity of a fenced garden scares off deer(problematic in my area) and the cats will go after everything else. My yard was so abundent with moles, chipmunks, voles, sqirrels, bunnies that it was like a scene drom Snow White. Our 2cats have scared off every last one.

  • 2redbird1 Post author

    In Arkansas we use owl statues that are very life-like. The keep the song birds out of my produce, the squirrels out of my attic, and the rabbits out of my greens!

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  • redredwine1277 Post author

    Awesome… That's like mosquito net

  • Hec87x Post author

    Hi John,this is My first year growing vegetables and I have been wanting to grow one purple tree collard but there just so hard to find I live in NJ.Can I please get a few seed when there ready ill pay you and any information for shipping.Thanks

  • interprete27 Post author

    yeah, cats go after everything. i need biodiversity!

  • Keith Robertson Post author

    great idea! lol…im guessing you live out north in vegas because i can hear the jets fly by 🙂 I have a rental house WAY out north in their flight path. so i hear them all day too! haha.

  • Logan McLemore Post author

    Stick a bar or something like dawn soap in a sock or pantie hose and hang it up or lay it on the ground… (it also keeps bugs away and attracts pollinator bee's) !

  • Logan McLemore Post author

    Look for some other ideas than this but if you have a little extra money get some metal concrete laddis rebar or that stuff that bends and put it around the plants!….

  • Logan McLemore Post author

    Go to his Facebook page he has a store you can buy purple tree collards and many other seeds off of…

  • Logan McLemore Post author

    I can answer… You can buy the seeds off of his Facebook store page and they will do AWSOME! in Chicago…

  • red fred Post author

    my older farmer mentor told me 40 years ago to plant three times 1 for the wildlife 1 for the weather and 1 for me. in my presant area I pkant 5 times 2 for the 2 legged wild life LOL

  • red fred Post author

    also works with yellow cherrues.

  • vicmaine05 Post author

    John, you have inspired me to create a front yard veggie garden… not by this video per se, but by your many videos on the subject. I live in Bangor, Maine and I hope to have the grass removed by Friday and build my raised beds on Saturday! I am using cedar and making 2 4×8 beds and 2 3×8 beds with walkways between. Peace!

  • Bite-Size Gardens Post author

    Tree Collards can also be propagated from the suckers that grow along the stem.

  • Renee Scuderi Post author

    You can teach others by starting with your children…offer to start a "gardening" club at their school. If that is not an option, if you have a great garden, offer to host a "field trip" to your garden so the children at school can see how organic gardening works! Let them get their hands dirty in your garden!! :o) Teach teach teach!! Thanks John…I LOVE what you are doing!!

  • Phillip M Post author

    LMAO "little Skum Bag"

  • Phillip M Post author

    "Protect my junk in the trunk" Dde you are getting more epic by the min.

  • Yoly Curls Post author

    John i have been looking for the tree collard plant or seeds and no luck, where can i find it?

  • David Twyman Post author

    10 mins just to put a bag on a tree.

  • Esther Ishmael-Oku Post author

    I have a bird bath in my veggie garden that the Blue Jays & Sparrows use. They never attack my tomatoes or veggies. Sometimes I find they bury peanuts in my garden soil. Today, my husband killed a squirrel with a BB gun. It was making its way to my garden! Those bastards ate a tomato already!

  • Ladybugs25 Post author

    Im learning a lot with you. Thank You for all your videos.

  • Matthew Manning Post author

    dude just get a dog.

  • gerbman2004 Post author

    lol like youre short on tree collards

  • J. L. Jones Post author

    Just hang a realistic looking owl in the area and you'll be free of birds.

  • Deborah Clark Post author

    foil pie pans paired together by twos on a piece of twine between to stakes will also help keep birds from your tomatoes.

  • Long isGone Post author

    just curious…where do you buy coconuts in bulk? The wild birds keep eating the seeds from my kale plants too, covering it up with a sock or nylon stockings works too.

  • Chris H Post author

    when are you going to upload the video of your harvesting and drying your cocaine crop?

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  • mechanicalbu11 Post author

    No we are not, i agree that some of the more greedy folks enchroach on the land by building nuke plans and by gold mining or what ever, but a common guy trying to survive like that bird dose. why is not that bird said to be encroaching? because like John he is not. Stop the philosophy that all humans are bad for your mother earth. Only guys like Obama, Bush and his capitalist/socialist friends can be said to encroach on our lives and planet..

  • eyeYQ2 Post author

    Grow up. Don't tell me what YOU think my beliefs are. You have no clue as to how I think, or feel. And another…don't tell me to stop anything. You seem to be like a child throwing insults behind the "safety" of your little computer world.

  • mechanicalbu11 Post author

    I did not insult you. i expressed an opinion i feel is built on fact. but you are welcomed to disagree.

  • mary sunshine Post author

    We bag ouy guava due to the larva. I'f the fruit has larva all you can do is freeze them pick them out and cook the fruit very well into a fruit desert topping. Collards and okra are my fave to plant because they don't seem to get attacked.

  • vbgecko Post author

    In the future, warn a sister … My drink is all over my laptop LMAO!

  • Jean Botts Post author

    Can't the birds get them and in their dropping spread them all over??already fertilized???

  • Jean Botts Post author

    Hey they will fall right in the bag…instant gathering….

  • Jean Botts Post author

    I agree,John just says instead of putting your time and energy into a beautiful B.H.G lawn..put it in a garden instead…ya can't eat grass…well I guess you can but boring…

  • Sheds Direct Post author

    In order to have a successful garden, it is always best to know different ways, tips and strategies on gardening. Protecting is important too! Through this video, another set of learning methods on preventing your plants to stay away from unwanted guests. Anyhow, this solution is really great! This post is a huge help to all gardeners. 

  • Amy Z Post author

    How is this man not married?!?

  • xleggzx505 Post author

    6:13 ! Lmao!

  • Billie Neal Post author

    Hey, John!!!!  Did it work????

  • chuck norris Post author

    birds can also be natures spreader of seeds look for bird poop in your garden might get a few growers lol. My first year i grew sunflowers they where devistated by birds and squirrels the next year i just tripled my amount of sunflowers and i got lots at the end of the season with enough for the animals to =)

  • Linda Parker Post author

    This guy is great .. he can talk for hours about nothing .. he should have his own TV show!

  • Audrey Evans Post author

    John, I just love your videos. I've learned so much from you. Thanks a lot!

  • Erica Armstrong Post author

    He's gay and talks too much.

  • Carol Anne Post author

    Love this guy's entertaining personality. Thanks!!

  • Chris Bottcher Post author

    You are great dude! Thanks for the idea!?

  • corey bouche Post author

    You ROCK DUDE! DANG birds……

  • Charlie Guest Post author

    Guy is too annoying. Stopped watching before a minute was up.

  • agentjs09 Post author

    I just discovered this morning that birds are pecking at my tomatoes. I am thinking I might need to cage in my garden.

  • MO JO Post author

    do you have to make a big deal out of everything?
    e.g. the word taunt – can't you just say it – instead of trying to turn it into a comedy routine
    you're fucking ridiculous
    tone it down some
    you speak honestly and impart good info
    yes, people enjoy unique personalities 
    but it's a fine balance between showing your natural effervescence and just being plain annoying – like a kid seeking attention

  • Quantum Chang Post author

    Be a generous vegan and leave some for the hungry birds. All you need is just one seed to produce thousands of seeds.

  • American Bully Guardian Post author

    need a bb gun

  • Preying Mathis Post author

    homophones are fun…… Kill the vermin and hang them in the garden then their vermin buddies will see them and go to the neighbors.

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  • mastaskoolastic Post author

    What about for smaller plants? These birds keep eating my broccoli and cabbage..

  • William Hogue Post author

    John ! it's [ taunt ] not taught ! But your awesome anyways.

  • Royce B. Post author

    DAMN BIRDS!!!! Day by day my young cucumbers tomato and chili peppers kept getting plucked out! I know it's birds I seen bird poop around my plants.

  • t jones Post author

    I haven't watched this video yet, HOWEVER I was recently given advice about birds peckin my tomatoes, other juicy fruits – SET UP A BIRD BATH! The fliers are lookin for water!

  • Martyn Dowding Post author

    Your a pest !!

  • Luke Graves Post author

    hey peoples try wood vinegar in plastic bottles with holes in the top hang around the perimeter of crops! please try it! for a video reference watch the japanology episode about charcoal.

  • Ben Allen Post author

    Very stupid

  • Michael Jones Post author

    Great tip!🐞🐝🐾

  • cory Blundell Post author

    you sir, are definitely a showman. If you don't already work in radio/television, you should.

  • Don't Read Replies Sorry not Sorry Post author

    4.40 onwards is how he does it

  • northy Land Post author

    cd's and mylar did not work for my strawberrys.. bird netting worked great, for the frame I used sprnker parts /pcv pipe to make a cheap frame.

  • JoJoZep ofthejungle Post author

    magpies & especially parody, those cute little colorful not allowed to shoot birds are picking cabbage moth off my purple broccoli seedlings & that's great but are not good at it as they are pulling leaves off by accident & they don't eat them as eggs no they wait until they have become plump on those precious leaves 1st before gorging out.

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  • MusicalBiNinja03 Post author

    Omg thank you, birds are assholes I already tried putting a rubbersnake in the garden I even went as far as to kidnap a REAL king snake and release it in my yard but hing has worked not even shooting them

  • Orris Holt Post author

    Thank you for the information.  Love all your videos!

  • Bonnie Piehler Post author

    Love this guy but he must smoke dope. So funny.

  • Clan Huntington Post author

    Very interesting and useful content. Love how excited he is!

  • izstaria Celeste Post author

    You growing a lot of some wacky tobacky stuff too. lol.

  • TheeJeffrocco Post author

    Waste of time watching this video unless you grow seed plants

  • stoned_canuck_theory Post author

    finches are eating my pea plants and lettuce…….any ideas….

  • Army Guy Post author

    The Japanese use wood vinegar and they hang plastic bottles with wood vinegar. I guess it stinks that birds hate it. In Tokyo, there's little trees, so birds will roust anywhere there's a tree. So there is a high concentration of birds in one tree, they poop everywhere and that's when they discovered wood vinegar. Just a trick

  • GregMF Post author

    He's rambling on and on. He must be stoned lol

  • yadada mean Post author

    A bag over your junk haw

  • Faizan Shaikh Post author

    please less talk and more action

  • Ben Calibri Post author

    Birds ARE scum bags. they eating everything the bastards!

  • w. scott Hamilton Post author

    Dude I had birds eating the Sluggo(that stuff to kill Slugs)!!!!!!!!!

  • Emiliapocalypse Post author

    Trying to find a solution to stop the bird from eating my mom’s tomatoes. Might try this. Thanks!

  • Jake Werner Post author

    Sorry too annoying couldn't stand more than 2 minutes

  • Tara Haugo Post author

    I sew seeds in pots birds eat the sprouts ridiculous and leaves of Japanese eggplant
    Tomato fresh new leaves new plants get destroyed from all the birds it’s frustrating

  • David Lawson Post author

    He yaks for ever ….. on, and on, and on, and on, and on ….
    Then as a change … on, and on, and on and on ………. zzzzz . damn missed the real bit in the last 4 mins
    … back we go …. wow … he speaks pearls of wisdom (at last !! )

  • WOLF amyr dela cruz Post author

    i dont like that becaus im making my vegetables for all bird be environmentall

  • Janette Lavender Post author

    We had birds tearing up and flying away with our young onion plants to the tune of 200 plants. Someone told me that birds recognize the tiny onion plants as some sort of worm so I had to net all of them. So frustrating having to pull off the nets to weed because those nets cat h on everything! I love birds but not in my plants! 🙄

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