Archive for October, 2008

Scarecrows – not so scary protectors of the harvest

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

When I was growing up, scarecrows used to make their appearance in just about every garden when the first leaves of lettuce poked up or as soon as the first berries turned color. They could be quite elaborate in appearance, dressed like real people with hats and fluttering scarves, so that walking past on a foggy day or when the light was getting dim they would scare the daylights out of us kids. Over the years however, these creatures have become a rare sight. At best we see crudely crossed sticks, maybe covered with a t-shirt and some tin cans dangling from strings to make some noise. So when we drove past a vineyard recently I was excited to see the effort some people had put into creating these dangly people-like creatures whose main function is to keep flocks of birds away from the harvest.
To think that all I did was to hang a few CDs from strings to protect my tomatoes! It did the job, just wasn’t very creative. Oh well <sigh>. Maybe next year.