Fruit for the Picking

You may remember that while attempting to cover the four-in-one fruit cocktail tree with bird netting earlier this year, I fell.  Yep, just call me Grace.  One leg of the ladder sank into the dirt and down I went.  I wasn’t seriously hurt, but bruised and scratched enough to abandon the job at hand.  Did I mention that I broke the ladder, too?

The tree was partially covered before the fall.  I left the excess netting in a pile at the base of the tree.  From time to time I tucked in bits of netting around the expanding branches, hoping to confuse the foragers. Would the coverage be enough to save some fruit for my family?  Last year the birds and squirrels picked the tree clean.  If I hadn’t taken a photo of two beautiful plums the day before, I would have assumed I imagined the whole thing.

It worked!  I’ve seen a few nibbles, but most of the fruit is still on the tree, soon to be ripe for the picking.

Netted Fruit Cocktail Tree

Plums and Nectarines

I haven’t baked in pie in a zillion years, but I think it’s time to brush up on my baking skills. The next fruit to set: peaches. Oh my, oh my, oh my!

Please let me know if you have a favorite pie recipe to share.

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