If you're concerned about the food that you serve up to your family, you may be buying more organic produce than ever as you choose foods that have been sustainably grown or reared. However, you may be worried about the increased cost of doing this and have decided to grow your own vegetables in your back garden instead to make the best of both worlds. If you're new to this, you do need to take precautions to protect your crops from other natural risks, however, especially when it comes to birds and butterflies. What do you need to know about this type of defence?
Mother Nature at Work
If you're not careful, butterflies can lay eggs on your crops just when you are getting ready to pick them, and you may find that they're not suitable for use anymore. Alternatively, certain species of bird may find them rather tasty and will peck away to their heart's content, which will once again deprive you of your meal.
Making a Noise
To counter this, you may run to your nearest gardening store and pick up some of those ultrasonic signal devices designed to scare off these flying pests, but that won't necessarily do anything for the butterflies. Some of these devices will give out an audible sound designed to mimic a sparrowhawk or eagle, but you can imagine how this would go down with your neighbours.
Alternatively, you may read online that polypropylene tape can help to scare away these birds, as it is supposed to vibrate and cause a distraction if erected next to your crops.
If you're really fed up with the problem, you can always choose chemical sprays and other solutions that are designed to repel these pests in no uncertain terms. However, you may wonder why you are bothering to grow food organically if you are spraying these nasty products onto the area in any case.
Instead, you should ask your local mesh supplier to recommend some garden mesh, which is great at keeping butterflies and birds away from your plants. Create a structure that allows you to lay the net close to the top of these plants while not actually touching them, so it does not interfere with the plants as they continue to grow.
Worth a Try
Obviously, this solution is organic and far more likely to work than ultrasonic sounds or rustling paper. Give it a try and your hungry family will thank you for doing so.