Fruit grows well here. Vegetables are more of a challenge. As a longtime organic gardener, I’ve mostly given up on veggies, buying them at the Slow Food Market, or the supermarket.
Above we have a picture that saves some delicious fruit for the table : figs. Until now, it has been rare that a whole fig makes it to the table. But the birds are leery of these shinny boxes – blueberry “clam shells”– so I don’t even need to close them (although they are well-ventilated even if closed). The shallow ones, depicted, don’t easily enclose a large fig, so I simply leave them open. The deeper ones close nicely after I cut a ½” square out of the lower portion of the wall, not out of the lid, to allow for the stem to pass. The birds prefer to dine perched on a branch, and the boxes cramp their style. Or perhaps they sense a trap.
Other fruits have been more difficult to protect. Papayas are enjoyed by parrots and iguanas.
The leaves of passion fruit (maracuya) are devoured by iguanas.
Carpinteros (wood peckers) hollow out pitayas (dragon fruit).
Doves, jays, and other birds peck holes in our annonas
My all-time favorite, the banana, is mostly safe.
Citrus is mostly safe from predators, except from swimmers in the pool.