Practicing Safe Apples

A lovely weekend in July, and I have spent a chunk of it putting pantyhose on the apples in the two trees in my garden.

It was my neighbor's idea last summer, and it proved to be a good one.   Left to their own devices, our apples are magnets for all kinds of worms, beetles and maggots:

If you want to get any edible apples at all, you really need to do something to keep out the insects.  So last summer our clever neighbors bought a big box of peds and used them to cover all the fruit they could reach.  We took a handful and experimented on our own trees.   It worked surprisingly well:   the sheathed apples were mostly un-invaded, and quite tasty.  So this year we bought some peds of our own and took to the ladders.

Wearing a dress with no pockets, I had no choice but to stash my handfuls of peds in my bra:

I got through three cupfuls. 

Arguably we could have saved more apples if I had bigger breasts. 

The peds are cheap to buy in quantity.  Plus, now the apples will be ready to go if they find that must-have pair of red patent leather pumps.

As a barrier method, the peds seem to work pretty well.   Of course, other barrier methods come to mind:

Can't imagine any apple maggots slipping past THAT goalie.

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  • Nance Marshall
    Nance Marshall
    Now that is FUNNY!! I'm actually laughing out loud LOL! I really enjoy your posts, keep them coming.... Nance

    Now that is FUNNY!!
    I'm actually laughing out loud LOL!
    I really enjoy your posts, keep them coming....
    Nance

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