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Old 01-21-2008, 07:39 AM
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Thanks to your wife Carioca. That seems to be what Fraces and I have found in our readings too. Once you get out there amongst all the braches, sometimes it just becomes a hack-fest. It was a much easier job this year after hitting them hard last January.

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Old 01-21-2008, 10:05 AM
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LMH, figs are such a delicious fruit. It is too bad those and citrus fruits don't grow in higher climates like ours, unless we had a very large green house.

Isn't there a known method that drives the birds away?
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Old 01-21-2008, 09:45 PM
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Yes mate, bird netting helps a lot! But I've expended all my available netting on a Williams pear tree for the moment...

However, as the 'poet & inventor' I've long professed to be, I have a new idea that I'm working on (mentally, the oven has precedence!).

Cheers,

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NB: regarding fence heights - in the first few years out here, we had a 12-strand, 1.8 m (6ft) solar-powered electric fence around the orchard to keep out 'high-jump' champion wallabies (a type of kangaroo). However, we found that these lovely creatures prefer to dive through the fence rather than jump over it, so we reduced the whole thing to 8 strands of wire (4 pulsed, 4 earth returns).

Yet, they still come in (see Picasa Web Albums - carioca - Clod Nine, although while there's plenty of good grass, they leve the young fruit trees alone...
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Old 01-21-2008, 09:57 PM
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Rob,
Shotguns and dogs do wonders with birds. There's electonic gadgets that balst bird distress sounds that are supposed to work, but like everything else, the animals get used to them over time, and just come back.

Carioca,
Great photo album. Looks like you live a great life. What's a few wallabies thrown into the mix. As long as they (and the birds) leave the pears alone. Someday, I'll make it to Oz....
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If you do, George (edited to address the right person this time!), you must bring a tent - or sleep in the shed. Unlike the oven, the 'house' I built is only 1/4 finished (and I'm using the term loosely...)

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Hey, don't forget to keep your apple wood prunings for use on your BBQ or in your wood fired oven....

Nice green apple wood smokes well or just wet down the old cuttings for nice applewood flavor!

I have put them on the charcoal and it provides a nice smoky kick.
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