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Do I need to net blackcurrants and respberries

Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 7,535

I planted 15 raspberries (5 each early/mid/autumn) and 5 Ben Connan blackcurrant bushes over the winter.

I've been wondering how to keep the birds from harvesting the fruits of my labour, but will the bushes produce any fruit in their first year?
Or can I wait another year before I'll need to net them?
Thanks

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 7,535

    Thanks verd - I did cut all the stems to the ground and mulched the whole area with rotted manure when I planted them in Nov. and today just put a little bfb around them too.

    I'll not worry about netting this year and look forward to my bumper crop next year!

    Thanks again
    Pete

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  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 4,732

    I think the birds are drawn to reds. In my garden they eat, in order of preference, unripe blueberries (which are pink), redcurrants, strawberries, red raspberries, over ripe gooseberries. They rarely eat many blackcurrants (I get to them first). They don't seem to eat yellow raspberries. 

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 7,535

    :) you must have some very healthy birds in your garden raisingirl

    Thanks for the tip

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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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