|The grapevine has overwhelmed the trellis my husband constructed for me last year|
|I should have tied the vines up against the top of the trellis as they lengthened but I wasn't paying attention|
|Still, the grapes are looking pretty happy, aren't they?|
The grapes are nowhere near ripe yet but, given the volume of fruit, I'm hoping that at least some of these will make it to our table this year. Last year, the birds and other critters got what little fruit there was. I've tied "scare tape" to the trellis in a possibly vain attempt to discourage the birds this year.
I haven't had much luck so far keeping critters away from other fruit in the garden.
|I think this squirrel knows I've caught him in the act|
|And he doesn't care one bit!|
This ballsy squirrel didn't run off until I came within 2 feet of him this morning. But the blueberries are producing heavily right now so there was enough for both his breakfast and mine - today, anyway.
What do you suppose will happen to the strawberries when they ripen?
Or the few plums the 'Santa Rosa' tree has managed to produce?
I've asked my engineer/scientist husband to put his creative talents to work to devise a system to protect my fruits and vegetables that isn't hideous; however, he's also been preoccupied with other concerns so I don't expect anything in the way of a solution from him in the near term. I'd like to construct a screened framework all around the vegetable garden but that's probably not practical. The former owner of our property wrapped the fruit trees in netting but, after rescuing a trapped hummingbird from that mess last year, I pulled it all out. In my view, it detracted from the beauty of the garden, as well as making it difficult to harvest anything. Any ideas? What's worked for you?