Over the last year, the three sisters have grown quite a lot, and and every branch, on every plant is now heavy with fruit. Unfortunately, a gaggle of little garden birds is watching, and waiting...
I hatched a plan to build a netted blueberry cage to fully enclose the bushes. In my head, this blueberry cage is fully designed, measured and looks pretty awesome (in my head). The only hiccup in this plan, is that the berries are ripening FAST, and I have not had the time or material to build my cage! Eek!
As a stopgap, I got resourceful by re-using some netted produce bags from Costco and Trader Joe's. I'd been saving these grapefruit, onion, and avocado bags for months, and now was their time to shine! The framed netted cage *WILL* get built, mind you, but for now, I'm placing the netted bags over each branch of quickly ripening fruit, and securing them with a wooden clothespin. Easy peasy!
So far, the netted bags are doing two things I'm happy about. Thing 1.) is keeping the birds from eating the fruit. Thing 2.) is that the bags are catching any super-ripe fruits that fall off the branches. When I do my evening garden stroll, I can easily collect and eat them!
One of the blueberry bushes is so fat with fruits, that I draped my extra bridal veil material over it as an added deterrent. Does it look lovely? Nope! Are those garden-fresh berries I get to eat as sweet as the first day of spring? YES. So it's worth the ugly netting, for me, for now. Even as I post this, I'm making a mental changes to my eventual netted blueberry cage for Phase Two of Operation "Juicy Blueberries". Stay tuned for a more elegant solution to keeping birds at bay!
AND! Thank you so much to those of you who answered my survey question/entered my contest yesterday! I really appreciate the feedback and look forward to Friday when I will announce who the winner is!