Re: Sunday's Strip (Score: 1)
posted Sunday, March 07, 2010 - 10:36 AM (#55268
We used to have gooseberry and blackberry bushes, an apple tree, and a cherry tree. Actually, we still have the cherry tree.
We'd had problems with birds for a couple of years when we came across these mesh net things you put over your berry bushes to keep the birds out. And they worked fine. Unfortunately we then had a new problem - all of the local kids and their opposable thumbs foiling the nets and consequently, our plans for jam.
The apples were relatively simple too, insofar as you wait until they have a couple of days to go, and then go pick them anyway, let them get ripe in the shed in a box for the last week. Initially there was the thieving child issue again, but they quickly learned that Bramley cooking apples only taste sweet in the pie and crumble, but are incredibly bitter as a fruit.
The cherry tree solved the need for worrying about fruit all by itself. After a point it stopped fruiting. Just one year it had no cherries on, hasn't had again. Still blossoms though. It's not that big a deal though, as cherries were the one thing we couldn't think of a way around the birds with.