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To keep the netting off the trees we drive 4 star posts into the ground around the drip line of the tree

Then we slip 2 lengths of poly pipe (two inch) over the posts and over the trees as hoops.

The posts give you a nice bit of rigid vertical height

Two inch diametre pipe is easiest to use because it slips straight over the star posts

If you have a large tree the poly will not be able to support itself and might collapse in the heat. I this case you may need to thread a piece of PVC electrical conduit up the pipe to help keep it rigid. Conduit is one of those things you can find dumped somewhere. Coduit does brea down when left exposed to sunlight for more than a few years, whereas poly last for ages.

You can either crisscross the hoops and join them where they cross (this is easiest but reduces the total volume enclosed) or you can create a series of parallel arches and connect them with a piece of light weight rigid material (we use a type of framing steel call top-hat). You will probably need to do a little bit of diagonal bracing with wire to stop the structure collapsing.

If you have a row of trees this is best because you can carry on the pattern indefinitely.

Then all you need to do is get your bird netting over your structure. Spare bits of poly pipe are good for poking but you will need a friend or two to help.

You can buy the star posts and the black poly pipe from rural supply stores or maybe a hardware store.

have fun.


Re: Netting a Fig Tree - how to do it by Nick (guest), 08 Sep 2009 01:10
Clean up Australia Day site
Lyndy (guest) 08 Feb 2009 05:18
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How about Malabar Headland? Bare Island area, La Perouse?
Little Bay? (we can swim if we get too hot working)

Clean up Australia Day site by Lyndy (guest), 08 Feb 2009 05:18

One of our members, Mary needs advice (and maybe offers of help) on the best way to construct effecting netting for a fig tree. Ideas and muscles needed! Post here with your offerings

Netting a Fig Tree - how to do it by Peter Driscoll (guest), 14 Jan 2009 02:24

I have an old Bang and Oulsen Television to give away to someone who appreciates solid technology. It has a flat screen (not as flat as the LCD) but doesn't support DVD/Video player. This was passed onto me. Would have been top of the range in its day.

Give Away Bang & Oulsen Television by Lynda Newnam (guest), 09 Jan 2009 09:46

Keep it in the freezer so you can have fresh, hot ginger snaps whenever you want.
Yields about 70 cookies

220g (8 oz) salted butter
1 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp (280g) sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract/paste
2 small eggs or 1 1/2 large eggs
1/3 C (114g) molasses
Cream butter until soft. Add sugar, and beat until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs, and beat again. Add molasses and beat until well incorporated.

3 C (360g) all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground black pepper – I like freshly ground pepper
Sift together the dry ingredients and add into the mixture. Mix until it all just comes together.

Line a 22 x 12 cm loaf pan with plastic wrap, so that some hangs over the sides. Press the dough into the bottom of the pan, pack it tightly, and try to make the top as level as possible. Cover the dough with the plastic overhangs. Freeze until very firm, preferably overnight.
Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Remove dough from the pan and unwrap from one side. Slice the "brick" into very thin slices, no more than 2mm. Place the slices on the cookie sheet (give them a little room, they will expand) and bake for 9 to 12 minutes, until the edges turn brown to dark brown (depending on how cooked and crispy you like them). Turn out on a rack to cool completely.

Recipes by NettekindNettekind, 13 Dec 2008 05:17

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I have some Pigeon Pea seeds that I have grown and collected from my own garden. Will give away in groups of 10.


Pigeon Pea Seeds by Snowman77Snowman77, 24 Sep 2008 01:28

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