Today I climbed up on my rickety aluminum ladder and picked all of the plums from my Santa Rosa Plum tree. This was after I carefully untied and opened the bird netting that was protecting the plum bounty from all manner of critters...including me. I tediously untied the twist ties that I had holding the netting together. I got impatient to get at my beautiful purple plums and ripped some of the netting off in a fruit frenzy.
This year's harvest, all 8 lbs of it, is probably the biggest harvest I have had since planting the plum tree in 1999. Some years the weather just doesn't produce ideal conditions for plums. This year was a good year.
I enlisted the aid of partner Jack to help me remove the bird netting off of the tall tree after about an hour of me struggling to do it all by myself. The netting gets stuck on every single pointy twig on the tree, sometimes multiple times in a row. Very frustrating. Together we finally removed all of the netting without breaking the tree. Well, I did break a few sprouts that I would have pruned out anyway come winter. I also tore the netting in places, which will need to be repaired or replaced before next Spring. It is a nuisance, that bird netting, but it does its job well. It allows me the chance to eat my plum harvest before the birds, squirrels and deer can eat it.
I gave some of the fresh plums to Jack., (he loves fresh fruit) and will probably eat most of the rest fresh. Might make some plum jam or plum sauce, but then again, I can do that with the plums I have stored in the freezer.
I like those beautiful purple plums. They are sweet and tart. Just my style. Plum crazy.
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