My neighbors must think I'm insane

CaraRoseJuly 22, 2014

So my attempt at saving my blackberries from SWD this year is to do this--

To ever berry cluster. For once I'm thankful I only have three blackberry plants. LOL

I don't know for sure if it'll work or even if that fabric is fine enough. Summer weight fabric from gardeners.com. But desperate times and all that though... I want my blackberries!

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drew51 SE MI Z5b/6a

I think it will work! keep us updated. Looks like something one could use to save seeds, make sure they self pollinate and not get pollen from other flowers.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 11:22AM
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ltilton

I do that with trees susceptible to the Japanese beetles.

On one episode of the Homeland show, I noticed entire trees netted against some pest, possibly periodic cicadas. So people have seen this kind of thing before.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 12:19PM
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lkz5ia

At first there is an ick factor, but after awhile karma comes along and I eat them now , because those ripe berries are the best tasting, whether maggot infested or not.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 12:47PM
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ericwi

Good luck with your method of stopping SWD. We had them in our raspberries last summer, and I cut the patch down when the infestation got severe, to stop them from reproducing. Then we had a very cold and long winter, and this year, so far, no SWD in the raspberry patch! I am keeping my fingers crossed...

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 12:50PM
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Michael

Don't worry about the neighbors, several years ago I put sockies on all of my peaches and it rained shortly thereafter making the sockies hang down. It wasn't long before I heard it, "your tree looks like it has condoms all over it". Well, from a distance the tree did look that way, didn't other me a bit. The peaches filled up the sockies in time.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 6:56PM
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