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    Help! All people who grow fruits/veggies!

    Now that we had some trees removed from our yard we receive full sun, which while great for my new sarracenia and temperate drosera, is also great for some fruits and veggies. I have a pot of strawberries which are now flowering prolifically. I'm rather excited. The first strawberry of the year was just getting big, fat, and turning bright red, when, to my surprise (actually not surprised, I was warned of this beforehand, only to shrug it off), the berry disappeared. Ugh. Anyways, the pot is sitting on our deck, so I'm sure it's not squirrels or raccoons, since they never seem brave enough to come up on the deck (at least I've never seen one there,) but there we do have chipmunks. There is also a rather unruly pack of 6-8 blue jays that have been bumming around our yard, and some medium sized blackbirds with shiny feathers. I'm guessing they are probably the culprits. Someone in the neighborhood has been feeding the jays peanuts, witnessed by the peanut shells we're finding scattered throughout our yard.

    How can I keep things away from my strawberry pot? I looked at netting at Home Depot, but it was $15 for a small length. I will not be getting $15 worth of strawberries out of this little plant, so I don't feel its worth dishing out that much cash. I've also heard before that if you spray your plants with a mixture of hot red pepper and water frequently, it will keep things from eating plants. Has anybody had any luck with this method, or any other methods? Preferentially ones that are not too unsightly, since my mom is a stickler for a tidy yard. (Yes, almost 23 years old and living with the parents. Not too fun.)

    thanks for your help. I know I'm not the only one with this problem, so I'm looking forward to some interesting answers/help!
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    You could try scottychaos' cd method... Just hang a cd above or near the pot and it supposedly scares away birds.

    Did you look at chicken wire? I didn't think that was too expensive.

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    Umm use a wooden owl?
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    get yerself a gyun!

    Even BB guns will work!

    Or maybe...get a cat/dog? CDs will wrok for alittle, until they realize they dont hurt them...They will only realize your fruit are spicy after they eat them...Wire is the best. Good luck!
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    You can shave up a bar of Irish Spring soap into small chips with a cheese grater and sprinkle it on the garden & around the plants. This supposedly keeps deer away from gardens so the soap might keep other critters away too.

    The hot pepper spray sucks! It doesn't smell like hot pepper (to me) and I've had mealies get on my succulents with or without the hot pepper wax. So I don't know if it would actually bother any other critters or not.

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    cage'um.......would bet its the birds stealing them, they love berries, especially red berries.......only thing that can be done is cage them or you will not get any strawberries......around here its a constant battle with robins.....oh and hot pepper spray doesnt work on birds....capsicum only bugs mammals....birds are unaffected.....
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    wooden owl + cat

    id say go at it from 2 directions. put up a wooden owl and occasionally move its perch. my cousin had decent success with this method. then get a cat and make sure there are some good stalking hiding places close to the berries then let nature take its course.

    obregon562's method would be the most fun except my way you get a cat.

    let us know how it goes
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    yeah I had blue jays do that same thing to my strawberries! I just let them eat though. So I can't say about getting ride of them. I would think the pepper spray would prevent you from enjoying them too though. On the bright side I beleave one of those birds crapped in my garden and now I have one of the largest strawberry plants I have every grown. It has sent off tons of shooters and is just pumping out store sized berries! Nothing beats letting nature do it's thing!
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