blueberry, DIY project, garden, home, home garden, life, wild birds
Spring in central Virginia continues, despite the human condition. Mother Nature always wins. She has run wild since late March delivering freezing 29F temperatures one night then 80F the next week. Wow! My poor peony crop has never seen such dramatic swings. Yet, for the past two weeks, I managed to harvest enough flowers for bouquets to sell at market. Happy customers are unaware of my road of angst traveled to get there.
The O’Neal blueberries are another story. The bumblebees did a splendid job of pollinating the flowers early on. Fruit swelled on the stems, yet they too experienced the dramatic temperature swings. My three shrubs are now ten years old. How time flies. Over the years, I experimented in numerous ways on how to deter birds and one nocturnal four-legger from my cash crop.
What do you think of my recent solution?
Gardening is all about evolution.
And patience, and resilience.
Only the cleverest catbird or cardinal will find their way under the tulle to the berries. I don’t mind sharing a few, but since I harvested thirty pounds of berries from these three shrubs in 2019, I will not share many with wildlife.
Regular market customers are already lined up for their share of this blue superfood come June.
Now back to the peony harvest. Overcast skies this week threaten rain on partially opened buds, not quite ready for harvest. Peonies and rain are not the ideal combination for floral bouquets. A giant circus tent would be ideal for protection, but alas that will not happen. And so it goes…
I hope you and yours are well and safe. I enjoy hearing from you, so please take a moment to drop a comment.
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home, garden, life said:
Thanks Joe. Still busy and peonies maturing enough for sales. Many stunted/dwarfed, so they will be a write off. Many dozens going to market this Saturday. One house bouquet is splendid and full of fragrance. Must find some kind of post clip for the tulle, as persistent winds play havoc with the tulle…not to mention rain. Off to Harbor Freight on Saturday following market. Hope all is well with you. Never a dull moment.
Joe Koller said:
It sounds like everything is now falling into place for you at the market . There is an outdoor fruit & vegetable market a mile from here & he said he’s doing record business this year. The third version of the tulle set up is neat , innovative & no doubt will be effective. Hopefully the coffee grounds will work. . I used bird netting over my pond one winter & removed it when I saw a Heron testing it while standing on the deck. I removed it because it looked like a disaster waiting to happen.
I hope your online sales continue to grow because it looks like the current conditions are’nt going to change any time soon.
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Teresa / TheGardenDiary.com said:
I am swooning over the peony picture. So many varieties. I love the tulle evolution and think you now have the perfect solution. We built something very similar to use over our peonies 2 weeks ago when we had 26 degrees. It worked. Your tulle display would make any bride proud. xo
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home, garden, life said:
Loved reading this post….you never stop working….! Makes for happy days….Marie