Wednesday, May 26, 2010

My fight for cherries


I've been waiting for this moment for 4 years. 

Every year I've waited for this and had my hopes dashed.


We planted cherry trees 4 years ago.  We were very excited.   We could almost taste their deliciousness.  But disappointment was always around the corner. 

Two year ago we had our first cherries.  We were giddy with excitement.  We draped a net over the small trees, but the squirrels climbed up from underneath the net and ate all 12 cherries.

Last year we were too late getting the net on and the blue jays ate the cherries before they were even ripe. 

This year we were prepared.  My hubs designed this contraption to foil the critters. . .



He put metal fence posts in the ground and used electrical conduit, fitted together, to make the hoops.  Then he secured netting to the structure.  We only had one problem this year:  a raccoon squeezed under the netting and climbed up in the tree, breaking one of the branches.  Bummer. 

We still managed to pick enough cherries this past weekend to eat a bunch and freeze a few pints.


Hubs made smaller hoop contraptions over the blackberries (to keep the birds out) and one of our raised beds (to keep the chickens out).  So far it's working out pretty well.

2 comments:

  1. That is crazy; all that work to keep the animals out...this is why I don't have a garden LOL

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  2. That is ingenious..your hubby should put a patton on that.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog..
    tammy

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