This is such a frustrating tale. It’s about my battle with birds, and pomegranates are the prize.
I have always loved pomegranates. I remember when I was young and had a ‘club’ that consisted of friends in the neighborhood. Anyone that wanted to join would have to bring a pomegranate. It wasn’t a hard task. They just had to ask the lady in the neighborhood who had a huge pomegranate tree in her yard.
When I purchased this home a few months ago, I ignored that there was a large pomegranate tree in the backyard. Now don’t get me wrong, I love pomegranates.
In my last home I planted an orange tree, lemon, fig, and a pomegranate tree. All of them grew and gave fruit. My problem was the birds. As soon as the pomegranates ripen on the tree, the birds would get them. You have to remember that pomegranates don’t ripen once picked, so I had to come up with an idea to keep them away. My first plan was to stop filling all the bird feeders, that just attracted them. I tried hanging CDs on the tree, and all the diy ideas I found online….no luck. It was frustrating! Year after year…no poms for me!
Now I was still ignoring the pom tree, but I can see it from my desk, and as I watch the pomegranates growing larger, of course I started craving the poms. I told myself it’s a new house, perhaps it will be different. I knew though I had to try something. Once again, I looked online, same old ideas as there was 5 years ago.
I was thinking of wrapping each pomegranate with some kind of soft mesh, even thinking of shade cloth material. The pomegranate still needs air and the sun. I went online and looked up mesh cloth. Then I found these:
These bags are close to what I was thinking, so I started wrapping each of the poms on the tree.
I still have to get the ladder out there for the tall ones. I was thinking of not wrapping all of them so the birds can enjoy too. But, if I do that, will it draw more birds?
So tell me please. Do you have a pomegranate tree? How do you keep the birds away? They seem to be waiting on the Ocotillo
If you have tried, and won, please let me know your secret!