NET YOUR AP­PLE TREES TO SAVE THE FRUIT

The Napier Mail - - WHAT’S ON -

If you have a good crop of ap­ples ripen­ing, the birds will show more than just a pass­ing in­ter­est. Var­i­ous bird-scar­ing de­vices prom­ise pro­tec­tion but all fail to de­liver, in my ex­pe­ri­ence. A tamed fal­con would do the job, I’m sure, but those are hard to come by. I’m re­ly­ing on early picking and nets. If you rely on the good na­ture of the birds to leave you the best of your ap­ples, you’ll learn a lot about na­ture this au­tumn and if you’ve not yet seen what a hun­gry bird will do to an ap­ple, in this case a ripe ‘Fair­belle’, take a good long look at this photo, then get net­ting! pic­tured are those of the red­flow­ered broad bean and pro­vide ex­tra in­ter­est at this stage of their devel­op­ment. The red-seeded broad bean va­ri­ety, on the other hand, don’t shine un­til their seeds are well set, at which time they are spec­tac­u­lar, sit­ting in­side of their or­di­nary-look­ing pods, all plump and rosy. Ask around – you might just get lucky and find a broad bean fan who has one or other of these nice vari­a­tions grow­ing in their gar­den. You can find red-seeded broad beans for sale on­line from Coun­try Trad­ing Co (coun­try­trad­ing.co.nz) in Nel­son.

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