Picky birds in the test garden

November 22, 2010 | By | Comments (2)

The edible wave is looking great from afar:

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But there are some interesting developments in the fourth row, behind those giant cabbages.

I’ve got three types of kale growing.

‘Russian Red’ is planted on the far left:

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‘Redbor’ is planted on the far right:

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Both are unscathed and happy, but between the two is a totally different story:

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The birds are attacking the ‘Toscano’ variety. And I’m sure it’s birds because the squirrels would not leave so much of the plant intact.

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I can’t totally blame the birds — this is my favorite kale, too. I just think it’s so interesting that they’d leave the other two alone. Who knew that they’d have such discerning taste?!


  1. Johanna

    I’m the opposite. I could eat the Lacinato until the cows come home. The birds have much less discerning taste in a different part of the garden. They’re attacking all three. Even your Red Russian.

    November 29, 2010 at 6:21 pm
  2. KathyG

    Your birds have chosen my least favorite kale to eat. Give me the Red Russian and they can have the rest.

    November 27, 2010 at 4:24 pm

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