Stolen blueberries

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  1. Paul waterhouse

    Paul waterhouse Apprentice Gardener

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    I was ready for a few blueberries this year. New plants so nothing major.......but summat scoffed the lot overnight. They are netted to stop the fat arsed pigeons getting at them. I have mulched around them and something has disturbed the mulch. I think it mice? What else could do that?
     

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    Squirrels are the problem here, wire netting cages work but there must be no gaps.
     
  3. Paul waterhouse

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    I've not seen one squirrel since we moved here. It does seem possible though. I was going to put my blink security camera near them but it's just out of reach of the WiFi.
     
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    I planted 9 blueberry bushes and haven't even seen one of those berries reach full ripeness. But if it feeds the birds, they in turn feed our cats :heehee:
     
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      Here I have trouble with blackbirds but not squirrels.
       
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        Could be smaller birds early in the morning - if there is a gap to get under the netting.
        I fully feel this pain. Blackbirds have taken mine blueberries. Pigeons picked all the black currents. Will cover with that white fleece next year.
         
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          We've got plenty of cabbage whites, squirrels, mice, pigeons, rabbits, deer,.. Just about every critter going.
          Without nets i doubt I'd grow a thing :psnp:
           
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          • Paul waterhouse

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            I put down a few mouse traps around my fruit patch. I got 2 every day for a week and then nothing......I don't believe I've wiped the little suckers out though. Maybe they went off the peanut butter

            On a positive note my cane grown raspberries came good. They are delicious.
             
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