Sunday May 29, 2016 Guerneville CA.
Blueberries are getting ripe
I took a look inside my blueberry cover yesterday and noticed quite a few berry’s were ripe. I ate a few and decided I’d need to over haul this temporary cover or fight it to pick the berries, so today, my project was to pick the blue berries and fix the cover.
The old cover
I backed up to make sure I didn’t get attacked and looked for the hole I knew they must have here. I watched them until I saw where they were going in by some grass and thought, they aren’t too aggressive and seem to have just started a nest as there weren’t too many of them. So, I moved to another part of the cover and started working on that forgetting about the yellow jackets.
Bamboo from the patch
Forgot about the yellow jackets
One of them bit me lightly on my finger, ,but just barely, so I backed up again thinking these are nice yellow jackets, but…………they are in the wrong place. So I got the hose and ran some water on the ground in the area where their hole was for about ten minutes. Some buzzed over the hole for a bit, but soon they were gone. As I said, it was a very small nest, just a couple dozen or so yellow jackets, I think.
Too hot to pick berries
I took a break a good part of the afternoon while waiting for the sun to go down a bit.
Time to pick some berries
Later in the day I started picking berries when I realized there were more ripe blue berries then I could pick so went over to my brother’s to see if Dominique wanted to pick some and she did so we both started picking when some friends of theirs came by and started picking too.
I only need this cover for a short time during when the blue berries ripen about this time of year, then I don’t need it.
So, the pieces of bamboo that weight it down on the ground can also be used to roll the whole thing up so I can put it on a wall somewhere for storage for when I don’t need it.
Staples to the rescue
One of the problems I needed to solve in order to work with this plastic garden sheeting was how to attach it together and I solved that by using a paper stapler and just stapled it together which worked quite well.
I thought that this was going to be an easy project and it mostly was, but it tweaked every muscle in my body from stretching and now I can sure feel it.
That was my day.