Shape up
Saturday August 24th 2013, 9:21 pm
Filed under: Family,My Garden,Wildlife

Hey, don’t steal from my Gramma’s fruit trees!

The raccoons climbed into the Fuji some time in the night and worked a little more of the shipping tape loose on several of the boxes, but at least one length held on each one and they just couldn’t quite manage to get their little paws in there this time. But they got real close.

I retaped the clamshells. (Again.)

A few weeks ago, one managed to pry open a box just wide enough to swipe a clawmark out of one of those apples–and in the process broke the stem, and the still-mostly-sealed clamshell tumbled to the ground.

The two half-squared apples that had been growing inside were still there in the morning, the one nailed, the other untouched: the tape had held just enough.

Square apples. Seriously odd-looking. I’m rubik-cubing the little critters a puzzle. You know, I could maybe grow some really funky shapes next year–I wonder if a raspberry double-pint flat would hold up against the growing apple inside long enough to… We could have an apple that looked like it swallowed an apple!

Okay, I have about eight months to think up ways to make them grow into funky shapes while keeping them safe from the critters. Any ideas?

Meantime, ripeness is scheduled for the end of September. I am so going to win this year.

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Contrasting portraits there. The scowl looks very much like a much older man, and the happy baby is indeed… a happy baby!

Good luck with your apple shaping experiments. I can’t help at all!

Comment by Channon 08.25.13 @ 5:59 am

Isn’t he just the most lovable, ever?

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 08.25.13 @ 6:30 am

Watermelons are grown square and heart shaped as well. I saw all kinds of shapes from an Asian market. Good luck. I tried your idea and it kept the squirrels off but the birds sat on the cubes (from cherry tomato) and pecked through the holes. I am starting now to save more appropriate containers for next years apples.

Comment by Mickey 08.25.13 @ 7:23 am

What a perfect baby! Thanks for sharing — my 4 grandsons are way taller than I, and the youngest starts his sophomore year in college…..

Comment by carol telsey 08.25.13 @ 7:55 am

beautiful boy (ok, that should stick a John Lennon lyric in your head!)

I would like to see some pictures of those square apples!!

Comment by bev 08.25.13 @ 8:10 am

What an adorable youngster!
When you say ‘Fuji’, is that persimmon or apple?

Comment by Donald Meyer 08.25.13 @ 10:21 am

Sorry, you were saying something about apples? There is this impossibly cute baby who is distracting me…

Comment by twinsetellen 08.25.13 @ 2:25 pm

Impossibly cute.

Comment by RobinM 08.25.13 @ 4:27 pm

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