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uses for CDs? [Dec. 30th, 2011|12:59 pm]
Organic Gardening - Flowers, Fruits, Vegetables

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I've heard of (and seen) people hanging strings of old CDs around fruit trees to protect the fruit from birds - the reflections are supposed to scare them off.  Does it work?  How thickly do they need to be strung?  How high/low would they need to be to protect the tree top-to-bottom?

Also, has anyone tried placing an old CD (shiny side up) as protection around a veg seedling?  For example, a squash or melon?  I ask because silver reflective mulch is supposed to reflect light onto the undersides of leaves and deter some pests - would a CD be sufficiently reflective?  Could it also work as a sort of cutworm collar?
The CD-around-seedling idea is just one that came to mind this morning; I'm not sure if it would be at all useful.  I don't see references to such an idea online, so figured I'd ask if anyone had tried such a thing.
Possible drawbacks that come to mind:  not water-permeable, so would create a dry zone; contains silver...although hopefully that can't leach out and is only a problem if it melts; could get splashed with mud and then wouldn't be reflective anymore; slugs might hide on the underside.  Thoughts?
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[User Picture]From: stark404
2011-12-31 12:04 am (UTC)
Companion planting of marigolds will work to deter some types of worms - cutworms, I think, but not sure - so you might want to look into that.
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