|Merton Glory being trained in an airpot|
The tarmac orchard's not a bad spot for growing fruit trees. Obviously, I can't plant them in the ground, but the hard-standing is nice and level which means the pots are stable and easy to drag around.
In 2012, I invested in some half-price pop up fruit cages, which have been excellent! The self-build aluminium tubing didn't get off the ground (or rather it didn't but wobbled so much that it was quickly disassembled and put back in the garage). So far (aside from one day when I left the cage unzipped) they haven't captured any blackbirds! I've seen the birds hurling themselves at the side of the cages, but to no avail! My cherries! All mine! Except for some of the split fruit that I leave on the bird table out of misplaced guilt.
In 2011, I kept the birds off three cherry trees by tying netting to trellis on the side of the garage and making a sort of lean-to net tent. The bigger potted cherry (summer sun in the background of the picture) was netted on it's own. Both looked somewhat rustic. Or crappy. But they did succeed in keeping the blackbirds off, without accidentally trapping any.
|New pop-up fruit tree cages|