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Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 20 3:09 pm    Post subject: FRUIT Reply with quote
    

I got bored today and built a fruit cage. It's 4x4x2m.

Almost no structural strength to it. 2m steel poles as uprights, blue water pipe bend as the roof, and netting over.

I have currant bushes, which are fine.

Raspberry, loganberry and gooseberry canes/sticks. Will these need actual support? They're a gift, and some are two foot long, some are six feet long.

I can whack a Heras panel in there if needed.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 20 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

all of those can self support, you will need to look up how to prune them and when.

unless you have hippos that level of engineering is fine

Slim



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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 20 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Heavy bearing raspberries can snap under their own weight, depending upon cultivar and conditions and management.

Will timing work to leave cage open for pollinators for all species?

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 20 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

ooh yep, scaff net or 6" pea net?

Nick



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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 20 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Fruit cage netting. 22mm Holes. Insects in. Birds out is the plan.

Nick



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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 20 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

dpack wrote:
ooh yep, scaff net or 6" pea net?


What’s the point of 6” netting? Trying to keep giraffes out?

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 20 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    



can bees and hoverflies get in

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 20 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

most of my fruit cage issues have been canine, fond of fruit ,some of em.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 20 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I thought you were allergic to fruit (except cider)?

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 20 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

i am very fond of fruit and have had mutts with a proper liking for it.

not sure about anyone else

even if you dont like it it is an ace swap.

Nick



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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 20 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

tahir wrote:
I thought you were allergic to fruit (except cider)?


Can’t have too many black currants or raspberries.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 20 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

It is easier to keep the raspberries and loganberry under control if you have some sort of support for them. I have never been lucky enough to have such good fruit bearing on raspberries as Slim says may break the cane, but they are very flexible. Two posts and wires between are adequate support for both fruit, and they can be tied on if they need it. Unless you want to cordon train the gooseberries, they are best grown as self supporting bushes.

Nick



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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 20 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thanks. I’ll rig some wire. The support posts will take it. If Slim is super right and I get enough rasps to pull steel poles down I’ll cope.

Shan



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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 20 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

tahir wrote:
I thought you were allergic to fruit (except cider)?


It's fish that he's allergic to.

sean
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 20 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Doesn't like broad beans either.

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