It’s almost time! Time for luscious, scrumptious blueberries.YUM!
From the way my bushes looked yesterday only a few days of sunshine will be needed before they are ready for my mouth.
The trick is to get them before the birds do. I spent a couple of hours yesterday weeding, building and mulching in order to better those odds.
The past several years I’ve put up a blueberry enclosure and it’s done a great job of keeping the birds and squirrels from getting the fruit before I do. I thought I”d share a little about how I make my blueberry enclosure. You know, just in case you want to grow blueberries too!
You’ll need some long bamboo poles, twine and bird net.
You can push the long bamboo poles into the ground for the vertical portions but this year I used some rebar and then slipped the bamboo down over top. It’s been pretty wet here this spring and I was worried that the bamboo would sink or fall over.
The down side is that the rebar isn’t a snug fit and the whole thing wobbles a little. But with some cross pieces for stability I think I got it under control.
Lash cross pieces along the top with twine. Nothing fancy, just make sure everything is held together well.
Then put the bird net over the frame.
Dealing with bird netting is one of those things that requires the patience of a kindergarten teacher! But stick with it because it’s totally worth it!
Secure the net to the bamboo poles with more twine and use U shaped stakes to hold the net at the bottom.
I usually fold the bird net under around the bottom so that any loose edges are inside and then I throw a little mulch around just to keep smaller animals from getting under the net or getting caught up in it.
To create a door so that I can get in and out of the enclosure easily I tie a thinner long piece of bamboo to an open end of the net and then just stick the bamboo into the ground to close it.
I’ve never had an animal get caught in the net and I think that part of it is because I keep everything pulled tight and tucked under out of the way.
I have to say that this isn’t the prettiest enclosure I’ve ever made but this year I built it on my own. The whole process is much easier when you have another set of hands. 🙂
Do you grow fruit? If you do, how do you keep the critters from getting it before you?