Last summer, my husband called me on his way home from work to tell me he was bringing home, “Misty, Jewel, and Emerald.” Fortunately, he was referring to blueberry bushes, and not professional dancers. We’d been reading up on what kinds of blueberries would grow in Los Angeles, and while our choices were somewhat limited, there were still several choices (enter the three sister plants with sultry names). The blueberry bushes were pretty small last season, and only ended up producing about three or four mature fruits between the three plants.
Over the last year, the three sisters have grown quite a lot, and and every branch, on every plant is now heavy with fruit. Unfortunately, a gaggle of little garden birds is watching, and waiting…
I hatched a plan to build a netted blueberry cage to fully enclose the bushes. In my head, this blueberry cage is fully designed, measured and looks pretty awesome (in my head). The only hiccup in this plan, is that the berries are ripening FAST, and I have not had the time or material to build my cage! Eek!
As a stopgap, I got resourceful by re-using some netted produce bags from Costco and Trader Joe’s. I’d been saving these grapefruit, onion, and avocado bags for months, and now was their time to shine! The framed netted cage *WILL* get built, mind you, but for now, I’m placing the netted bags over each branch of quickly ripening fruit, and securing them with a wooden clothespin. Easy peasy!
So far, the netted bags are doing two things I’m happy about. Thing 1.) is keeping the birds from eating the fruit. Thing 2.) is that the bags are catching any super-ripe fruits that fall off the branches. When I do my evening garden stroll, I can easily collect and eat them!