This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he always thought the garden was his. Even though I do all the work, he always stood by me. I'm located near Boston (in USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot and a backyard vegetable garden. I use sustainable organic methods and try to grow all of my family's vegetables.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

apple tree

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This is the back of my side yard - behind the vegetable garden. Center view is my little Fugi apple tree. This year is has at least a dozen apples!!! More than ever before. :)) We trimmed a big branch off off the maple tree in the backyard and I guess the apple appreciated it.

I like to cover the young apples to keep away bugs and squirrels. I've used stockings in the past, but don't have enough old stockings for such a big crop. I'm looking into other options. Any suggestions??

Same question for my pear tree at my community plot. It has a dozen or more pears forming. I'd like to cover them soon.

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7 Comments:

Blogger Jess in TO said...

I think you could use the same material they use to make floating row covers, except that doesn't have the nice using-something-recycled bonus.

June 16, 2011 8:13 PM

 
Anonymous cathy c. said...

Hi, just found your blog and am enjoying... need to read back a way. Thrift stores often sell stockings very cheap and/or toss them. Ask your local goodwill to put some aside for you. Best of luck! - We planted our first apple tree this year. I guess I should start saving my nylons! Thanks for the great blog.

June 16, 2011 9:19 PM

 
Blogger Karla said...

If you get desperate I was reading about using ziploc bags... the trouble is that they can hold moisture and cause rot but maybe could be used temporarily. Fabric is a better fruit protector, maybe hit a dollar store for some cheap hose?

June 16, 2011 9:49 PM

 
Anonymous taylor said...

Maybe you could use something like cheesecloth or a fine netting? You can usually find cheesecloth at the grocery store or you could swing by a Joann's or something...

June 17, 2011 9:08 AM

 
Anonymous Diane said...

Another common thrift shop item is old curtains. Maybe a nylon net or very worn cotton would work.

June 17, 2011 9:37 AM

 
Blogger Martin and Amy said...

I hope they all make it!

Fingers crossed..

Martin :-)

June 17, 2011 12:16 PM

 
Anonymous heirloom seeds said...

I grow about two dozen different heirloom tomatoes in my garden. Great information! Enjoyed the pictures.

July 13, 2011 5:35 PM

 

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