Minnie Royal and Royal Lee Cherry Trees Netted
Okay, sounded like such a good idea. And, pretty easy, right? Just buy a bunch of pvc, cut it to the correct lengths, assemble it and toss the netting over. How hard can that be? Pretty hard, actually :-) I did finally manage to get this all put together, but not without the assistance of my very patient husband. Wasn't strong enough to use the pipe cutter, since I bought 1" schedule 40 pvc, since this was going to be a rather large frame, I figured I needed a little sturdier pvc. So, had to have the hubby weild the pipe cutter, which he did with ease, of course. Then, trying to get this assembled was pretty crazy, since it is 7' tall, and I'm not. And, trying to get the pieces well enough into the fittings standing on a ladder on a slope, and using a rubber mallet. Well, you get the idea. And, then the netting. Would have been much easier if I didn't have closely planted trees right next to both cherries, as well as a chain link fence right behind. A zillion things for the netting to get snagged on. But, after about a week of working on it, it is finally up, and hopefully this will keep the birds out of the trees, and we'll be able to eat all the cherries. That the ground squirrels don't find, that is. Bait stations are getting filled this weekend, the annual battle to save the fruit begins.