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Protecting Grapes


Here we are at the San Antonio Botanical Center checking out some missing grapes. The only way we can find out what happened to these grapes is to go undercover.

So disguised as Mr. Grapehead or the Big Fruit, we sit and wait with the hidden camera and low and behold we found the culprit that's eating all these grapes, causing all of these to be destroyed. And what does it turn out to be but the State Bird of Texas, a Mockingbird.

What should we do? What can we do? Being the peaceful type people we are, I guess we'll just have to cover the grapes with a Grow-web product, or either take drastic action and try to use gunpowder to scare these critters away, these varmints, before they steal our beautiful grape crop. Of course it could have been a disease, could have been black spot or black rot, but Eyewitness-Wants-To-Show that it may be the State Bird of Texas and what should we do, what can we do. I guess just feed them.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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