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    Originally I'd planned to get a fruit cage for a redcurrant and a blackcurrant bush or two. But I can't help but notice that no-one else on our small, rough and ready, site nets or cages their fruit, but there are plenty of fruit growers...

    A cage is starting to feel like overkill on our dinky half-plot. Hmmm.

    Plus I can easily imagine the netting going slack and a bird from the neighbouring hedge getting tangled. And I'd hate that.

    Thoughts?

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    So others may not feel the need to cage but how much of their crop do they manage to ripen and harvest?

    How many bushes do they have? They may over compensate and have more than they need.

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    I have 3 very large redcurrants bushes and ive yet to manage a bowl full. The blackbird strips the lot! Fortunately I have about 8 blackcurrant bushes, they are huge and the birds don't seem to like those just as much so I do get to share some.
    If you can make a cage I would do it.

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    No-one nets their Brassicas, either...

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    I can't make toffee...

    But I was thinking of this one..Steel Fruit Cage - Suttons Seeds and Plants

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    The problem with fruit cages is that the fruit bushes out grow the cage. It has to be high enough for you to get in and pick the fruit and wide enough so that the plants are clear of the sides. I find that old net curtains are best as they don't cent tangled in the bush like fruit nets.
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    I think I must be very lucky as i've had huge crops of redcurrants for the last few years and looking at the bushes it looks like it's going to be another one this year. We have loads of birds in the garden but we do feed them,I wonder if they just prefer the 'gourmet' food we put out for them!

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    I find that you can sometimes go for years without net or cage then one summer a little birdie notices them.....

    Ten minutes later the bush is stripped bare!

    If I were you, I wouldn't invest in a cage from the outset.
    See how things go and keep an eye out in the charity shops for some old net curtains (which tend not to catch birds)
    If you start to see losses, just drape the nets over.
    If no losses, you've lost nowt!

    (and I was exaggerating....it takes a couple of days before they nick the lot! )
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