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Ground Maneuvers - May 30

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by , 05-31-2009 at 10:14 AM (2842 Views)
I am thrilled to report baby veggies on just about all the plants. The beans are behind and are just now blossoming, and a couple of the tomatoes are taking their time, but everything else has gotten the memo that spring is here and it is time to get to work!

In the fruit world, the pluot and plums were a bust this year. My one pluot vanished, I suspect the work of birds. Same with the cherries. I had tons of them, but I think the birds think I planted the tree for them. They got every single berry. They are working on the apples, but I happily have enough that I think I might get a few!

I am looking forward to some fresh stir-fried squash in a week or so!! And while the zucchini is being shy, I can see little green babies hidden throughout the leaves, so I think I'll be freezing up some zucchini bread this summer!!
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Updated 05-31-2009 at 11:34 AM by madhen

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  1. Debbie-cat's Avatar
    Looks fantastic madhen! I just planted yesterday! So it will be quite a while before my garden looks like yours. Congrats!
  2. frugal-fannie's Avatar
    Your pics look great, maybe you will have to invest in some netting for the cherries.
  3. madhen's Avatar
    Or plant more trees.
  4. fixer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by madhen
    Or plant more trees.
    The more friut I got, the more birds I attracted. For me, netting is a necessity and a pain in the butt.
  5. madhen's Avatar
    I don't use netting, because I am gone from home so much, and you have to check it regularly to make sure nobody is caught up in it. It isn't worth it to me to save my cherries at the expense of a life, so I guess I'll just have to see if I can out-pace the little feathered thieves.
  6. fixer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by madhen
    I don't use netting, because I am gone from home so much, and you have to check it regularly to make sure nobody is caught up in it. It isn't worth it to me to save my cherries at the expense of a life, so I guess I'll just have to see if I can out-pace the little feathered thieves.
    You make a very good point. I have to check my nets at least twice a day. I want to exclude the birds, not hurt them.
  7. madhen's Avatar
    In Japan, they put little bags on their apples to keep birds and insects away. I wonder if they make teeny little bags for cherries.
  8. fixer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by madhen
    In Japan, they put little bags on their apples to keep birds and insects away. I wonder if they make teeny little bags for cherries.
    If they do, they should market them to people who possess more patience than me.
  9. Luckybustert's Avatar
    Have you tried putting an owl decoy in your cherry trees? We're were so surprised to find that it actually worked! I think it cost us maybe $10 or $12 at Home Depot and we had more cherries than we knew what to do with as a result!
  10. madhen's Avatar
    I may give that one a try next year! I was thinking about trying flash tape or hanging old CD's from the branches.