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French Marigold and Starlings

ShepsSheps Posts: 1,705
Good evening everyone...this morning I planted out some French Marigolds as part of my companion planting for the toms, these are surrounding the greenhouse to try and deter pests.

This afternoon a Starling decided to trash the plants!

Any ideas why?


  • Perhaps he was looking for worms in the freshly dug soil to feed its young.
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  • May need to put some netting up
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,272
    Possibly digging for bugs in the freshly turned soil and your plants were in the way. They don't give a monkey's about all the hard work that's gone into in growing them :)

    I've seen plenty of them aerating my lawn this afternoon
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • ShepsSheps Posts: 1,705
    Thanks everyone...makes sense re looking for food in the soil but, he's definitely going after the plants, shaking them and pulling off the leaves.

    Maybe he's upset that his bug patch has now been taken over by plants.

    Netting sounds like a good plan.
  • WAMSWAMS Posts: 1,510
    Blackbirds destroyed all my newly planted-out cosmos, zucchini and cabbages a few years back.  I assumed they were just hooligans.
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