|The fruit trees held promise of an abundant harvest|
And, we had exactly 2 handfuls of youngberries from the overladen 10 youngberry bushes.
I went to the berry bushes yesterday to start harvesting - and they were all gone. Most probably eaten by the mousebirds.
Disheartening. For I can't harvest unripe fruit...
And, this has certainly shaken me out of my fruit self-sufficient complacency.
|No strawberry infused gifts this year...|
I won't be preserving strawberry and youngberry jam / cordial this year. And, there will be no strawberry infused vodka either. (Not that we drink vodka - more beer for him, and white wine for me. But, making strawberry infused vodka last year from our abundant and excess harvest enabled me to hand out a bottle to various neighbours come Christmastime.)
It seems as though one year I can have an amazing harvest, and the next year I'm swiftly brought down to earth with a harvest failure. Or, more correctly, a harvest theft!
I tried hanging old CD's in the fruit trees - hoping that the light flashes would scare the birds away. All that happened was that the "silver" lining on the CD's quickly eroded off - probably due to the unusually early excessive heat we've been experiencing this summer.
So, that bird deterrent is a no-no.
|Do I care if I have more aluminium pie shells|
on my fruit trees than fruit. Not one iota!
I'd rather be able to harvest fruit when it is
ripe than worry about aesthetics!
Then, we tried hanging 2.5cms (1") wide strips of aluminium foil from the branches - again hoping that the sun reflecting off the strips would act as a deterrent. The wind just shredded those strips.
Finally, I found a couple of old aluminium foil pie trays lurking in the cupboard full of stuff in the garage which we brought from our town house, and which I haven't sorted out yet.
|Precisely two apples resulted from all those|
blossoms in my blog's current header pic- and
I am going to ensure that I am able to harvest
So, this morning, in an effort to save the pear / apple and nectarine fruit, I have hung those in the trees. They certainly give off reflected sunlight, and make a ruddy great noise when the breeze bounces them against the branches of the respective trees.
If they work then I will need to get some more for the pomegranate trees and grape vines.
Noise, and light. A good bird deterrent combination.
I'm hopeful that they will work some magic.
|Grape vines - awaiting aluminium pie trays...? ;)|
Otherwise, I'm going to have to visit those trees early every morning and late every afternoon and harvest whatever seems almost ripe.
I'm not mad about the aluminium pie shells, but I console myself with the knowledge that I can re-use the aluminium pie shells over and over and over again. And, that using them is far better than resorting to spraying chemicals in order to deter the birds.
But, in the midst of my disappointment, I came across this this morning.
Reading all that makes me aware that I very little to complain about...