NET YOUR APPLE TREES TO SAVE THE FRUIT
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.