Fruit before it gets bruised or Bug-bitten.
best Peach is Tree-ripened. But Fruit is usually picked long
before that stage, to be handled by machinery and trucked to a far-away
where it is put on display for consumers who may have
this tree-ripened, sweet juicy Food of The Gods.
This Tarp Hammock is fastened under a
Peach Tree to catch the Fruit before it is bruised by hitting
the ground, and before Bugs, Worms, Mice and other Critters get a
have Dwarf Fruit Trees, whose small size lend themselves to a Tarp
Fruit Catcher. It is suspended by the Tree Trunk and small steel Posts
pounded into the ground. These half-inch diameter Posts have a steel
triangle on the bottom to stabilize them in the ground. Turn the Posts
upside-down so the Triangle supports the Tarp. If you have access to
white Plastic as above, it may help ripen shaded Fruit by reflecting
Sunlight up to it.
Fasten the Tarp so it does not touch the ground. Then falling Fruit
will get a gentle ride to the lowest spot. Try to position the lowest
spot so it is below a limb which is barren, then no Fruit will fall
onto that which is already in the Tarp.
Tarps usually have Grommets
at the edges which are just right to slip over the steel Posts. A
Bungee Cord is good for fastening the Tarp to the Tree. If it's not
long enough, a length of thin Rope tied to it will accommodate larger
Larger Trees may require several Tarps. A small hole made with a Nail
or Pencil at the low points of the Tarp will allow Rain water to
escape. This catcher is useful for any Fruit which grows on Trees, and
also Tomato Plants which are trained to a Fence or Trellis.
Don't automatically reject
Fruit which has been sampled by Birds or Bees;
they have a way of
detecting the very sweetest Fruit on the Tree.
A Knife will remove their tooth marks.
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