About three years ago I discovered that my neighbor put crow feathers around her mobile home roof to keep the birds off, so I collected some myself and secured them to my blueberry plants with twist ties. The birds did not bother the blueberries at all. The next year I tied the feathers all around in my garden, and once again the trick worked: birds didn't touch anything, not even the green beans.
By the way, the person who sent in the suggestion in the September "Lore" about lighting your pilot light with a match held by a clothespin had a good idea, but a lit strand of spaghetti works much better.
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