There are some very sturdy and large fruit cages on the market, but they are an expensive investment. The large number of various fruit bushes and canes we have planted make fruit cages also impractical.

Blackcurrants don’t seem to be eaten by birds, but red and white currants and raspberries need protection as they ripen. For this reason, I have been developing a temporary bird net covered frame which is moveable and can also be stacked for compact winter storage.

The basic components are 2 by 1 treated timber and hydrodare flexible water pipe. Drill and bits, screws, saw and screwdriver are needed too, but no fancy stuff. The bird netting is bought in a local hardware or garden centre. Finally a staplegun is needed to secure the netting to the wooden frame.DSC07129


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