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Gardeners love wildlife, but patience can be stretched when furry or feathered neighbours take their toll on precious produce. KG’sSteve Ott has some top tips to help you live in harmony with nature (and neighbourhood pets)


Most common garden birds are a great asset to gardeners – many such as blue and great tits actively seeking out plant pests, particularly caterpillars and aphids (greenfly). Although g feeders such as blackbirds can cause havoc with your mulches, they are looking for pests such as grubs and slugs.

At certain times of the year however, those same blackbirds can become a pest in their own right – when pecking at your strawberries or apples, for example. Not to mention the pigeons, It’s all about balance.


■ Netting (see Notes on netting)

■ Bird scarers such as humming or reflective tapes, decoy bird kites, noisy polythene bags or shiny CDs tied to stakes. Birds may become used to most types of scarer unless they are changed/moved around regularly.

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In this month's issue of Kitchen Garden ... - Rhubarb for rookies plus A-class asparagus - Win great prizes worth over £2704 - Sow peas for early pickings - 7 slug controls on test - A taste of italy fresh from your garden - Meet the hairy bikers Si & Dave talk veg - Get the most from oriental salads - Grow your own cuppa - Reduce garden plastic