I managed not to kill the tree when I pruned it (always a bonus!) and this year had heaps of blossoms on and tiny fruit began. However, two days of gale force winds at the wrong time and there are only a few peaches left on the most sheltered side of the tree. So as much as I would love to just let the peaches ripen in the sun I actually want to EAT them this year.
|prior to being 'taken in' to custody|
|one of the 'free range' peaches|
|the wire 'tunnel' for the stocking to go over|
Anyway, so this is the 'method of incarceration'. Thanks to my 'old stockings' supplier ;) for the old stockings to do the job with. I was initially going to just put the stocking over that part of the branch but it made everything too cramped - the stocking needed something to hold it open. So some wire cutters and some old scrap wire mesh for a 'tunnel' and then the stocking carefully over that.
|silhouette of peach inside, see 'im?|