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Allotment Project in Progress #1: Building a Fruit Cage

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Blog entry by Desktopgem posted 06-13-2012 11:10 AM 6031 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got these 4×2s free with the intention of building a fruit cage one year ago. I just got round to starting to build it. Today I dug a hole as far as I could go for each post – 15”; lots of clay and subsoil down there.

I needed something to go on the top so my neighbour gave me his mum’s old wooden banister, lol, and some other long bits of wood. I had some too and found I had enough except for one more to go across the centre, maybe, to support the netting better but I had no screws, no screwdriver, no skill and no ladder!

So here are the posts until I can find a way of putting the top on the cage. Meanwhile the temporary cages will have to stay until whenever I can get to doing the rest of it. I might have to get the netting in stages too because it might cost more than I think. Anyway, I think it’s a good job started.

The sunny day was ideal as we are forecast rain the rest of the week. The soil was lovely and soft, as I knew it would be, after such lavish rain.

Fruit Cage

Fruit Cage

-- Desktopgem



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posted 06-13-2012 02:55 PM

You did a fantastic job!!
I love creative thinkers and “making ends meet with what one has”.... and then when it turns out looking this good, well, bonus!
And you aren’t even done yet

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 06-13-2012 03:10 PM

Thank you for your encouragement, MsDebbieP.

I can be getting on with the weeding while I’m thinking about what to do next. It will be great when it’s finished, then I can tackle the bindweed that’s choking my fruit bushes under the temporary cages. I’m sure it thinks I can’t see it but it’s very wrong, lol.

-- Desktopgem

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MsDebbieP

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posted 06-13-2012 04:23 PM

oh don’t talk to me about bindweed …

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Iris43

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posted 06-13-2012 05:11 PM

DTG, the cages look great, so far. I wonder what is the fruit you are going to grow there and why does it need to be kept inside a cage?

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Bon

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posted 06-13-2012 06:36 PM

Your allotment project is really coming along nicely.I too was wondering why you needed a cage for the fruit.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 06-14-2012 02:27 AM

Birds love to eat fruit and their buds. Last year my 1 year old blackcurrant bush had about 7 blackcurrants and I only got one and gave one to a friend! The birds ate the rest. Such a sad thing. They especially love redcurrants of which there was no sign of any flowers at all. Perhaps the birds ate the buds before they flowered? I haven’t got many bushes:

1 whitecurrant, a few berries that the birds don’t see. They are lovely.
2 blackcurrant but 1 is from last year’s cutting
2 redcurrant, no flowers or fruit
1 gooseberry with no flowers or fruit this year either

I also have strawberries planted in the same bed and birds like to eat those too. Red and black attracts them.

-- Desktopgem

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posted 07-17-2015 03:00 PM

Wow, I haven’t been on here for over a year! I haven’t forgotten though. Just picked a harvest of redcurrants and this is only half I think. Just off to pick my blackcurrants which I don’t think I have that many of. Gooseberries have already been harvested. Made gooseberry chutney and jam with those and a couple of smoothies.

I now have a new fruit cage. This one rotted and some poles capsized. Want to send photos but a problem with that so will leave it for now.

-- Desktopgem

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