On New Years Day we had an email from a friend with a small mixed orchard to say that she had some ripe peaches ready to harvest and would we like some to preserve. Yes please! She said that she had netted them this year with nets purchased from Green Harvest, and they seemed to have been successful. So we jumped in the ute for a lovely country drive to her farm.
Jane had netted her peach trees, and although only small trees, they were covered with fruit. We took most of the peaches from three of the trees and got 15Kilos.
The nets proved to be very successful. Not only was there no fruit fly but Jane says that the net protected the fruit from birds as well. Jane also has nashi pears which she didn't bother to net because they aren't particularly fond of nashis. She asked if we like to take some and we thought we'd have a go at preserving some. But when we got them home the whole box had been stung by fruit fly, so it appears that the nets on the peaches worked a treat. ( the nashi I had to feed to the ducks and chooks)
At home this year we lost a lot of fruit to fruit fly and birds, so I will be getting some of these nets for the next fruit season.