I actually ate some of my hard earned fruit this year!

Min3 South S.F. Bay CAJune 20, 2013

Last year the birds got the entire crop but I managed to eat about a cup of mulberries from my huge 'Oscar" tree this year because I made net bags out of tulle and bagged the ends of about 10 of the lowest branches. Next year I may double the netting because the birds finally learned to peck little holes when they could see a ripe berry.
Last fall I planted a year-old dwarf mulberry and it was easy to defend it with a cage. I ate all ten berries it produced! Think I will plant another one this fall.
Good luck in the wars, everybody. Min

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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

My best year yet for Apricots. Picked enough for about 10 pies which I hope to get done and into the freezer today. Al

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 9:08AM
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socks

You've worked to hard to defend your crop! Congratulations.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 9:40AM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Hurray for you, Min!
I lost my nectarines this year again, so the tree is coming out. The avocados, however, were almost unscathed. I think Mikey and Sam the Dog removed the rodents who knew what, when, and where the avocados are, and it has taken the new generation until this week to rediscover them. I put bird netting over my cukes and eggplants, and that has prevented further losses. Avocados and cukes for everyone!
Renee

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 3:46PM
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Min3 South S.F. Bay CA

Inquiring minds want to know your secret, Al or are there no rodents at your place?
Min

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 4:02PM
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Min3 South S.F. Bay CA

Thank you Socks- we all need some commiseration when we discover that we have been robbed. It helps that others understand (and often share) the frustration. It's Us against Them and they outnumber us! An ancient war i know. I keep thinking of the "First Farmer," wearing an animal skin, who has grubbed out a little plot of land and made food grow, only to find that it was stolen overnight. I bet he threw some rocks! Min

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 4:18PM
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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

There are now less rats here. Last year I used over $200 worth of rat poison. In mid season we were quite popular with the buzzard population, one landed 20 feet from our front window, very impressive! Al

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 9:52AM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

The kind of rat poison that won't hurt birds that eat dead rats?

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 12:18PM
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Min3 South S.F. Bay CA

Good for you hoovb- i wanted to ask the same thing! Min

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 12:46PM
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oberci

Yay congrats! I'm with you, Calistoga. Learned a thing or two about proper watering practices and saw our 2 Apricot trees EXPLOde this year. Last year we had about 5 total apricots, and one of the trees didn't produce anything. This year, there is no way we can eat all the fruit. Friends and family have been benefitting :)

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 2:54PM
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pbsjones(Sunset 14/USDA 9)

I remember my grandfather putting small paper bags on every persimmon that he could. It looked like a lunch bag tree!

    Bookmark   July 27, 2013 at 10:17PM
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