After our visit to the Garden Expo on Saturday, we spent Sunday afternoon out in the garden.
Our first project was to remove the old bird netting from the peach tree and to prune it. This is what it looked like before we started.
The nets will protect fruit trees or garden beds from birds and pests, including fruit fly. I had been looking at them online but when I saw them at the Expo I decided to go ahead and buy 2 of them. Here is the website. We bought the 2m ones.
It is recommended that you do not put the netting on until after the fruit has set otherwise it impedes pollination. Since it is likely that the time to install the netting will be while we are away, we decided to have a trial run after pruning the tree.
While this would be sufficient to keep the birds away, you need to gather the fabric up and secure it around the base of the trunk to be sure of eliminating any fruit fly infestation. We will ask the housesitters to put the netting on at the relevant time and hopefully look forward to a crop of unblemished peaches.
We also pruned the fig tree, grapefruit tree and one of the lemon trees.
Next weekend I will be planting as I have ordered some rhubarb crowns and asparagus. I had a phone call today to say that they are ready so I will pick them up on Thursday.