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    Birds have eaten most of my plum blossom this year too

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    If you happen to have a frame to a blowaway greenhouse available that could make a taller fruit cage when covered with appropriate netting and staked down.

    It might be worth keeping a lookout in the September clearances for chap frames for next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay-ell View Post
    It might be worth keeping a lookout in the September clearances for chap frames for next year.
    The mind boggles
    Birds seem to prefer red/white currants to black ones. I don't net mine but I have quite a few!
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    The mind boggles
    Birds seem to prefer red/white currants to black ones. I don't net mine but I have quite a few!
    On our plots ALL fruit is either netted or caged, even the Strawberries will be stripped if you don't net them. Was told by my neighbour that its ok to leave them until the fruit starts going red then the birds spot them and its curtains for the fruit if its not netted.

    The pigeons sit in the trees with bibs on and a knife and fork in their wings waiting for some newbie to plant brassicas and not net them. I was warned by the same neighbour, my new plotter opposite wasn't and he had a dozen stumps where his cabbages had been next morning. He thought they had been pinched until he noticed the winged rats with bulging crops in the trees burping and sleeping off their feast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muddy_Boots View Post
    its curtains for the fruit if its not netted.
    Ike4 sell good cheap net curtains.................
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    If you don't have a large area to net and don't want to invest in a frame, you might consider using bamboo canes for the frame. I use them for my gooseberries. The plants are still somewhat small a bit under a meter tall and wide and I find the bamboo canes to be a good and cheap way of going about it. When the plants get too big, I might get a proper frame and can reuse the bamboo (if it is still intact) for other things.
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    Thanks guys. I think I'll try the watch and wait and collect net curtains.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1Bee View Post
    Thanks guys. I think I'll try the watch and wait and collect net curtains.
    Don't forget clothes pegs to hold them in place as well.
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