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Not me! Mainly because the wasps beat the birds to my fruit.... that is, all those that haven't already fallen prey to codling moth grubs. But part-eaten fruit are still good for juicing (once the nibbled bits have been cut away). And like Ryan, I leave/put on the ground all those fruit that are too nibbled for all the other wildlife to enjoy. Actually, I've found much less trouble with pears - proably because you pick them before they're ripe, so beating the birds to the bounty.
Hello Adam, I have had the very same problem with apples, i have had the crows eating them from the tree. I am not so philosophical about it as you are, in fact i was near to shooting them. I have solved it by tying hazardous tape to the trees! The yellow/black or red/black tape. It looks ugly but seems to work for me. Polly
Reply to Lynne: I'd buy it by mail-order from one of the seed companies. Most of them sell green manure seeds, so just do a Google search to find a supplier.


My blueberry crop this year was pathetic. Normally I have to net it or the Gannets (not real ones) but Blackbirds etc will be after it from morning til night. This year even the Blackbirds didn't want to know. I had the picking for 2 lots of breakfast with my muesli. The rest of the fruit was so small I left it for the birds and even they didn't want it. How weird is that? Incidentally I have 5 Blueberry bushes grown in large pots as my soil pH is 6.8. Last year I had Kilos of Blueberries, so maybe the bushes are just having a rest, but it is still weird the birds didn't even go for the smaller fruit, anyone any ideas? or have I just got totally spoiled birds.
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I tend to take a few windfall apples, cut them in half and leave them at the base of the tree. The blackbirds seems to like the easier option of a skinless apple laid out for them rather than pecking at an apple still on the branch.

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