Rose Pinder wrote:The thing about Fukuoka is that his system is really about the relationship between the person and the environment, rather than a set of techniques (permaculture is like this too). What you could do now is continue with the experiments on your land and learn from them, which is what Fukuoka did. It's that deeper learning and relationship with the land that made Fukuoka successful.
M Troyka wrote:
The only thing I can think of would be to make them bigger, and make sure they're completely dry before throwing them out. Hard clay is quite challenging to break open, but if it really was crows then there's a good chance they'll figure it out anyway. Crows are insufferably intelligent, but if you make them enough of a pain just for one seed, they may decide it isn't worth it anymore (or they may just throw them in the road for cars to break).
M Troyka wrote: The only alternatives I can think of would be to direct seed with a hole-punching stick and plug it with clay (ie lots of work) or maybe try to make peace with the crows by giving them an offering of hard boiled eggs and other birdseed stuff.
winston wilcox wrote:What if its not a bird..... and instead maybe a squirrel or rat type critter?!?!
I have also heard of mixing potent smelling essential oils into the mix with seedballs to make them unatractive to predators.
Jordan Lowery wrote:Simply sow your seedballs hours or minutes before a storm comes in and it starts to rain. Preferably a storm that will last a few days.
I do this with my sunflower seeds as the birds get them if I toss them out with too many days to "forage" theftesh seed, after a big rain the seeds are usually hidden by debris or sprout far enough like the wheat to where the birds won't bother them at first
Jordan Lowery wrote: birds ate my entire first seedball experiment too)
Paulo Bessa wrote:I have a similar problem with birds. I learn to co-exist with them.
So now I have tested different things: I put a cover and I started some trays with rye inside first. Its too much work but at least it works. Against the slugs I sown in beds with bare soil. .
Milan Broz wrote:I've red that chilli pepper added to the mix can help. What you think?
alex Keenan wrote:All you have to do is add a artifical grape flavoring. This has been use for a while because birds can not stand it and it does not harm anything.
You can find several papers on this. Cool-aid grape is the cheapest way to try this. Just add it to your mix.