Making my fruit cage

With my Sunburst cherries now swelling and getting ready to ripen I decided to try and protect them this year in the hope that I can actually get to eat some

I decided to make a fruit cage using eight foot bamboo canes and netting from Wilkinson’s , plus some wire mesh I already had knocking around

The canes were just pushed into the soil, the top cross canes were initially tied in but then I thought of using plastic cable ties for speed & convenience. Also used plastic ties to fix the netting & mesh to the canes

Not the prettiest cage, but functional & cheap

 

 

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Swelling fruits

Looking around the garden this morning, after two days of very welcome rain, everything seems to be leaping ahead now, and risk of frost is past, forecast is mild and warm so I removed the fleece from the runner beans

They have made excellent progress in their cocoons of fleece, one I will certainly try this next year

Here are some pictures taken this morning

The bean nearest the camera, with yellowy leaves, is a climbing French bean, self saved seeds from a friend. I think is suffered more than the other beans during the spell of cold winds, but seems to be perking up now