Protecting the peaches...

08 January, 2015

The best time to get into the garden at this time of year is twilight, for me. The sun isn't beating down on you, the air is a little cooler and it's a nice time to water, or tie up the tomatoes or do any of those bits and bobs type gardening tasks that always keep a gardener busy.

Today's task was a belated protection of the soon to ripen peach crop.

This is the now 5 year old tree.

The variety is Anzac, which is a white freestone peach of great deliciousness. Hence why I am adamantly NOT sharing with the birds and possums.

As in previous years, I am protecting them with leftover nets from onion bags and the like.

See here for a how-to, although it is hardly rocket science.

Now my peaches are protected. 

I also like this strategy as its has the bonus of catching the peaches, should they be so ripe they drop from the tree.

Last year they ripened in late January. I cannot wait!


  1. I like your creative recycling.
    I am experimenting with a few different bag types.
    Like used discard window flyscreen and clear plastic bags with holes poked in.
    We have to contend with fruit fly here, which makes things harder.
    Stopping the birds, bats and possums is just half the battle.

    1. Cheers. I like the idea of flyscreen, although I wonder about the strength of plastic bags. I'm relieved that we don't have to worry about fruit fly here, although with global warming who knows?

  2. That wouldn't work with my squirrels. I tried it with the few apples I had last year and they got eaten anyway. If I have enough I'll have to protect them with bird netting over the whole tree. I did that with the peaches last year and it worked well.

    1. Squirrels must be much more determined than our possums, or perhaps our possums are simply too lazy. I frequently net whole plants, but when I only have 12 peaches on the tree (I didn't control the peach leaf curl this year so most of the peaches dropped. Lesson learnt!) I don't think netting the whole thing is really worth the trouble.

  3. Bek, I ate my first peach of the season today! I was very good with the bordeaux spraying, and have about fifty peaches on my dwarf (metre high) peach tree. I am very excited! I love your peach protection devices. Too clever! I have not had possums in my garden...yet.

    1. I'm so jealous of your 50 peaches. My donut peach and nectarine both supported and dropped all their fruit (sad face) but the Anzac peach managed to hold onto a few. I wish I didn't have to worry about the possums, they are a menace. Enjoy your peaches!