Every autumn, I have the same problem with my apple tree. By the time I get out into the garden in the morning, a dozen or more of the crop have fallen to the ground, got bruised, and the birds, squirrels and slugs have been nibbling away. So when, a couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have a preview of some new garden products for 2020, this handy fruit catcher caught my eye. It’s a Finnish invention, suitable for all fruit trees and is designed to collect the windfalls safely and make harvesting easier.
The tarpaulin encircles the tree, catching fruit as it comes down, and because this is raised off the ground, bruising is avoided and hopefully the wildlife is kept away. A plus point is that the polyester fabric lets the wind and rain through, so the grass or plants beneath should be safe if you leave it for any length of time. It can be used year after year - the metal parts are rust proof and the fabric is machine washable. I’m looking forward to trying it out, and will be reporting back.
Right now the apple tree is budding and the plum tree is in full blossom. So good to have something to look forward to in these difficult times.
The Original Fruit Collector is available by mail order in various sizes, from 38.90 euros.
Details at https://fruitcollector.net/?lang=en#osa-2