Last year the mousebirds ate ALL the berries. Every b-l-o-o-d-y one of them.
To say I was displeased doesn't quite cover the emotion.
This year I was determined that the birds were gong to get their tithe, but that we would get the other 90%The bushes looked magnificent with their display of blossoms.
...and the bees were ecstatic - and plentiful in their approval.
|Both the bees, and the wood mulch worked|
their magic on the youngberry blossoms :D
Out came the foil trays.
|Foil trays strategically placed to deter the mousebirds|
from the ripening fruit
And they worked beautifully!!
|Yummy, luscious youngberries - a small sample of the|
10kgs I have harvested this year.
|Youngberry cordial dripping from the|
fruit filled muslin cloth - RMan's
favourite drink which invokes
good childhood memories :D
|From top left: 4 X Youngberry sauce (freezer), 2 X youngberry jam,|
4 X youngberry cordial
Front: 1 X (open)youngberry sauce (fridge), 1 X youngberry fruit leather
|My first attempt at fruit leather|
Now that is what I call a successful thwarting of the birds, and an excellent harvest.
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