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Last year I planted a Saskatoon Berry Bush (or is it a tree?). We didn’t have berries last year as the plant put all of its energy into surviving our hot/dry temperatures and the berries just shrivelled up.
This year the bush was loaded with berries!! I have been watching them and watching them. The other day I saw that there were a couple of bunches that had turned red—next step, picking and eating! We were so close.
Yesterday I went to check on them and all of the red ones were gone. Vanished. Kaput. Hmm… the birds had beat me to them. I would have to get the netting out if I wanted to get a taste of these fruit.
It just so happened that I was out shopping with my daughter yesterday and, low and behold, what did I find at the dollar store? A package of netting. Most often, “finds” at the dollar store aren’t as expected but since the bush was small I figured that the bundle of netting should do the trick.
And then I forgot it in my daughter’s car. As I sat on the deck last night I watched a Cedar Waxwing pecking away at my berries like crazy. She was having a feast! I shooed her away and hoped that there would be enough left on the bush to warrant the netting when I got it.
Today, I went and picked up the netting and on the way I had an idea—what if I used an umbrella (as seen in the cloche posted earlier this week) and somehow secured it above the bush and draped the netting over top… hmmm and off to the store I went to buy an umbrella.
Now this part just makes me cringe. I think of all those broken umbrellas out there that would be perfect for the job. But I don’t use an umbrella so I had to buy one.. That’s just wrong. Anyway, hooked on the idea I just went with it.
1. Materials purchased: $7 (plus mileage – but we did go out for dinner as well to celebrate Rick’s “retirement” again, having finished his spring job.)
2. Cut away most of the cloth – allowing the sun and air to flow through but leaving enough to perhaps help hold the umbrella secure and make it easier to drape the netting overtop. (planning ahead – I could see the netting getting caught up on the wires and making me crazy).
3. Put a post in the ground—the post used is one of the remaining pieces of our cloth gazebo that was transformed into our cabin. It’s still going and giving!! Nice.
4. I attached the umbrella to the post, 1) by balancing the top on the “hook” of the post and 2) tying the handle to the post with some wire.
5. And then came the hard part. The netting only stretched to about 4’ wide. So we had to cut it into three sections, drape them over the top and secure the edges together.
6. The ties: what should we use for ties? Hmm what is handy—bindweed of course… so we used some. It was ok as a “tie and knot” strategy but the stalks of the daisy flowers which had finished blooming were even better. I could just “sew” them through the two sections.
7. Get ready to thumb my nose at the birds—now let’s see who is smarter (oh those famous last words. Did I just hear them chuckling?? I think they have a plan!)
1. The finished project
2. Umbrella balancing on the hook
3. The handle
4. The umbrella – cutaway sections
5. Bindweed ties
6. Daisy sewing needle
And all of this to protect the berries.
-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)