I'm filled with glee
The little masked bandits
Have left them for me!
My electric fence was completely effective and that during-the-night scream that I'd so looked forward to didn't happen, at least I didn't hear it but I have been sleeping quite sound these last nights. We have two small cherry trees and as you can see here, our pesky deer neighbors had been trimming the lower branches before I put the fence up. I'm an Electric Fencer from way back, but that long acquired skill has been in keeping cattle, horses, sheep and (sometimes) goats contained. After daily inspections, one morning it was obvious something had tangled with this current fence and left two wires crisscrossed.
Last year, the night before we planned to harvest, the racoons showed up to foil our plans. I had heard a commotion outside as they were feasting so went out to investigate. Mom and her 4 babies were high in one of the trees, breaking branches and falling from one to the next as they completely gleaned the cherries. I don't mean some or even most, they made EVERY single red fruit disappear. Those cherries that escaped their jaws maybe fell to the ground but there was nothing left in the tree. It isn't like we can't, probably more cheaply, go and buy some frozen cherries. It is as much or more about the fat little buggers ruining our two trees.
My view from up high......
It didn't take me long to get my old cherry-picking touch back but that's only with my right hand. I'm just not ambidextrous enough to do a good job with my left. Just when I think it's working, that hand goes rogue and there's no telling what it will come back with. So, Left Holds Branches, Right Grabs Fruit.
I'm in the 2nd tree today and it seems that listening to Antonia, James and Cafe Del Mar is helping my cause greatly, possibly even making me a better left handed picker. We froze 5# of cleaned and pitted little red ones last night and the 2nd tree will yield that much or more. Lots of work but fun too!