I was trying so hard to be patient, but no such luck with the squirrels. This morning, I looked out and saw only two peaches left. And it wasn’t the wind that did it.
Those two left on the tree have a firm grip, so we’ll see how long they hold out. Of the drops, I managed to find three peaches still whole enough to stick in a bag and hope. And five more all covered with nips and divots. Yick. At least, I don’t need to worry much about pruning the tree.
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Have you considered more serious protection? I was picking blueberries at a friend’s yesterday, and she’s got her small patch (about 10 high bush plants) inside a simple chickenwire hut with a simple piece of netting over the top. It keeps out anything bigger than maybe a large mouse. So these ten plants produce a phenomenal amount of fruit – we picked over half a gallon of berries in 10-15 minutes, and hardly made a dent. I know some growers individually bag Chinese pears as they get ripe, to thwart insects. Would such methods work for your peaches?
I’m thinking about it now. I’m willing to give up some to the wildlife, but not the whole crop.
By the way, the last two peaches were on the ground the next day. Or should I say, the last one and half?
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