Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Outdoor Wednesday - New Scarecrow

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I have a strawberry patch and I'm getting red strawberries.  EXCEPT for the ones the birds want to take bites out of.  I did some reading on the internet on ways to deter these little feathery critters and found a few suggestions.

My grandgirls and I made a scarecrow this weekend.

He's standing in the middle of the strawberry patch. 

My artists:


They put a great big ole smile on him , I don't know how scarry he is!!!

I used one of those garden oil lamps you can buy at Big Lots for 2.00 and had hubby nail a board across the back to make his arms.  I took an old pillow case and stuffed his head with plastic bags. Put a hat on I already had with built- in green hair.  Used a flannel shirt.

I also read that birds dislike snakes so I purchased 4 plastic snakes at Cracker Barrel and set them on all corners of the garden.



Hope this really works.  Even if it dosen't he looks pretty cute in the OZ yard, along with the tinman.


Ann


18 comments:

Leckeres für Mensch und Katze said...

Funny man in your garden :)
LG Tina

Honey at 2805 said...

Hope the faux snakes works for you. We had one on our pool deck a couple of years ago when we wer bombarded with that nasty big black birds (gackels?). The only person it scaed was me!

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

Sis I love the scarecrow your granddaughters made. He is so cute. I think I remember that hat lol. Have a great visit with mom, you are so blessed to be closer than me. Love ya, Debbie

LV said...

We had these all over our garden and some of the fields. They were not as well dressed as yours. It did not matter, it kept the birds. We had enough of the real snakes, without fake ones.

Gayle said...

Well if he doesn't do the job at least he's a happy fella :)
Our strawberries are just in blossom and I hope the live snake my hubby saw yesterday sticks around to do his job.

Dandelion and Daisy said...

Your scarecrow may not scare any birds but he looks darn cute in your garden....he's a keeper!

Shirley said...

I had strawberries the first few years I wash ere but they sort of went by the wayside. I should plant them again. I like your idea with the plastic snakes.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Ann Sweetie...
Oh what a beautiful share. Just look at the faces on these cutie patooties. Love that smile. SO sweet and what great little helpers as well.

Yikes you have a few snakes as well. I don't about the birds, but it would certainly make me run. You know me and my phobia of snakes. One chance meeting was more than enough for me.

Thanks for the beautiful share sweet one. I loved it. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

The Little Red Shop said...

Great ideas! It looks like you and your grandgirls had loads of fun!

: )

Julie M.

Jidhu Jose said...

beautiful shots

hip-chick said...

Maybe try some type of netting over the patch so the birds can't get to them. I love fresh strawberries. Around here they don't ripen until about mid June.

Bumble Lush (A Garden Blog) said...

You have quite the berry patch! I hope the critters stay away from your berries. Either way, looks like you had fun with your grandgirls. :)

Linda said...

What a cute scarecrow...I have a problem with strawberries too...the birds plant the seeds and I have strawberry plants growing all over my yard!

Sandy said...

Such a great idea to make the scarecrow and the snakes... if they work it will save your wonderful strawberry patch...
Sandy

JudyBug said...

I adore strawberries! Hope you have good luck!

Jeanne said...

Hi Ann, thank you for your visit yesterday. I think your ideas are very good. it would scare me away. HA! Your artist is adorable. She did a great job on the face. I love the thrifty way you made your scarecrow. Now, enjoy those strawberries.
Hugs, Jeanne

Diann said...

We are just starting to see little strawberries growing our our plants. Our problem is with racoons getting to them. Keeping my fingers crossed that they will leave them alone this year. Love the scarecrow! And the scarecrow maker is a cutie!

Annesphamily said...

Rita at Grammy's Sweet Nothings has a wonderful Strawberry Cake recipe! Yummy! I love all berries! Anne

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