Today’s post has to do with blueberries. We have 4 blueberry bushes, which are each over 6 feet tall. I can’t really tell you how that happened, except that we did cut them way back a couple of years ago, only to have them go through a lightning-fast growth spurt. WE LOVE BLUEBERRIES! BUT….SO DO THE BIRDS!!!!! In fact, those cute, innocent looking critters seem to consume every last blueberry before they even turn BLUE! They love the GREENberries. Well, while we don’t mind sharing, we would like to have some for ourselves this year. Yummmmm….blueberry pancakes, pie, cobbler, jam….So, we decided to cover them with bird netting.
One word of advice, if you choose to do this, do NOT wear a button-down shirt. My buttons kept getting stuck in the netting. Plus, we used four rolls of 14′ X 14′ netting, and it was sometimes hard to unroll without getting all tangled up in it, making us feel something like this:
At any rate, we got the job done, thanks to Farmer Joel(pictured here with one of the rolls of netting – no tangling yet!)
We tried to help it up and over the bushes with the cardboard tubes they were rolled on:
As you can see, the tubes were bending, it started to rain, and as I was trying to take photos the netting was still getting caught in my buttons! But, never fear, even though we left a few access points for the birds (i.e. branches that would not fit up under the netting), I think we got the bushes pretty well covered.
If you do this at home, be sure to have your handy-dandy landscape-fabric pegs at the ready. They help anchor the netting into the ground, making bird access very difficult:
So there you have it!
When the blueberries ripen, we will pick them and let you know how they are!
“……the only thing I knew how to do was to keep on keeping on like a bird that flew, tangled up in blue.” Bob Dylan