It was about this time last year that I used more swear words than I ever did for the whole time I was milking cows. Hard to believe but true. It was all down to those blasted Black Cockatoos and their love of apple pips.
But this year we hope to deter them and at least be able to get to enjoy some of our produce. A couple of weeks ago we made a trip to Melbourne and came home with 2 rolls of 13m x 100m bird netting....and this morning we set about trying to cover the most heavily laden of the apples trees. Russell has bought a small secondhand tractor and plans to make up a contraption for putting up the netting, but unfortunately time is against us so we went to the next best option.....
Yes 2 brooms!......and they worked a treat.....well as good as 2 brooms could do.
Then we had to have something to peg it down with..........we didn't even think of that. Okay some old fencing wire cut into lengths with a hook on one end......at the moment it all looks like it is working okay......despite some of the trees being small and bending over a bit.
We have netted 4 rows and will do another 2 next week. The true test will be when the Black Cockatoos arrive.....fingers crossed!