One of my favourite tools in the garden is the humble waste paper basket. I use these upturned in my garden to protect seedlings from birds such as starlings and sparrows (which are very common in my area). These birds typically uproot seedlings while trying to get worms. They can also eat tender young plants. These baskets provide great protection from birds. They also stop cabbage moths and large slugs and snails who are too big to get through the holes. You can leave the plants under the baskets until they are big enough to fill them. By this stage most plants are large enough to cope with birds and other pests.
|Baskets protecting capsicum seedlings. These seedlings will be able to grow to a large size under the protection of the baskets.|
These baskets are inexpensive, the only downside is that not very attractive but this is a small price to pay for a better harvest.