Make your own fruit cage
PUBLISHED: 17:58 25 April 2014 | UPDATED: 21:08 29 April 2014
How is your fruit doing this year? If the birds got there first, you may consider a fruit cage for next year! Smallholder Tracy Angove from North Devon made her own. See our Christmas issue for Tracy's step-by-step guide
"The first summer’s fruit crop was very quickly gorged on by a constant barrage of blackbirds and thrushes! Prepared for battle, the second summer’s crop was protected with the jam jars we had hoped to fill with the first summers’ fruit! The birds stayed away from the strawberries but the slugs moved in! Our third summer, we netted our crops. Damp weather meant that the slugs had multiplied and the blackbirds penetrated all the nets! This was now an all-out war against all fruit munching critters as this abundant fruit crop was meant for human consumption!
"After watching a few spirited episodes of The Good Life, and with a little ingenuity, we designed one which budgeted out to around £200. This is what we did during our Christmas holiday!"
See our Christmas issue for Tracy's styep-by-step guide.