My no dig beds are loving this beautiful weather we’ve been having in Ireland for the past few weeks, but just over the last few days blackbirds and magpies have decided to destroy the edges of the beds in their search for worms. The beds have no wooden sides, so the edges are exposed. (This is my first year trying this method and it has worked incredibly well so far in discouraging slugs).
But I’m worried about the seedlings nearest the bed edges. Some have already been pecked or crushed by foraging birds. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to protect them?
Yes, we’ve had blackbirds digging and disturbing our edges in search of worms. But it’s only been a problem when they are nesting. I was somewhat exasperated (sp?) last year but seem to have cracked it this year but tying up silver strips of ribbon (as in gift ties) at strategic places along the beds. I remove it after the blackbirds have fledged as i want birds in my garden under all other circumstances! It was a cheap solution and worked for me.