I put up our usual bird deterrent
but it didn't work this time, possibly because there isn't much room between plants so the birds can't see it easily.
The problem got worse. Mr Blackbird started pecking holes in the faintly orange tomatoes instead of only the nice almost-red ones. I thought about it for a bit, and realised the birds had only become a real pain since it stopped raining (about 10 days earlier). We put out 3 water dishes around the tomato patch and (tada!) problem solved. No more holes! (Except in the kids' strawberries, but that's a different issue)