Crows are not our friends this summer. Although I have enjoyed what I called my “pet” crow that strutted around my decks since last summer, he is no longer welcome. In truth, I was really his pet since I looked the other way when he ate more than his share of suet.
Now, I have secured the suet feeders so he has trouble reaching them, by hanging them close to the eves, or with a guard over them. When I see him and his friends in the trees, I clap my hands. It’s funny how grackles and crows really hate that, and often don’t come back. Even the whining of the baby crows are not making me sympathetic.
This is all because this summer they ate our corn – twice!
The first time we didn’t know what had happened. We planted two rows of corn that I had started in those little peat pods until they had grown a few inches and waited until the soil was warm enough. We couldn’t figure out why some disappeared, but for the most part, they are still growing.
Then we planted three rows directly in the ground, still using the peat pods to give the seeds a head start. They all came up beautifully. We admired them one morning, happy that they were about 3 inches tall and catching up with the earlier planting.
That night, we came home and all the seedlings were lying in the dirt. We thought it might be bunnies, so we planted again and sprayed liquid fence, and went on a 4-day trip.
This time when we came home all the peat pods were lying on top of the soil with the seed gone. Yes, crows! We saw them!
We have planted again, even though it is mid-summer, and spread a net over the ground using stakes to keep it about a foot off the ground. So far, they have been safe; I’ll let you know what happens! In the meantime, we have spread the message. Crows are not welcome in our garden.
The good news! The garden under the front window is doing its thing, providing blooms throughout the entire season. Right now, the lilies are the showpiece; perfect hot colors for this warm time of the year.