Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Driving down the road in the 40's and 50's in our neck of the woods you might have spied a scarecrow  here and there in the Gardens near by a old farm house.

And thought to your self " what  the heck is that thing "?

Gardening was an important part of survival on the farm in those days and you had to do what you could to protect your garden from outside predators.

Crows attacking your corn and beans was one of those predators.

The crows, seeing the young plant poke through the dirt, fly down, pull the plant from the ground and eat the seed, leaving the plant to die on top of the soil.

 Erecting scarecrows near the garden, was one of the things that worked pretty well in keeping them at bay.

If you didn't do something you would have to replant your corn and beans. 

Some times as many as two or three times before getting the crop to grow past seedling stage.

The Scarecrow looked something like the floppy limbed character we all know from the Wizard of Oz.

  Nothing short of the frequent use of the musket  and the explosion of gun powder strikes  terror into crows.

If a dead one is placed near the scarecrow, it will for a long time prevent them from alighting on the adjacent grounds.

And spare your corn and beans from their mischievous behavior.

So if you're driving down the road today and see a scarecrow near a farm house.

Good chance you can say its an ole timer Posting... His Beware Crows... "No Trespassing sign"... for his garden .

Until Next Time.  God Bless.

Coleman Schell


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