You might have often noticed transparent bags around fruits in local gardens and farms. These are known as fruit protection bag. They are great at maintaining your fruits and protecting them from several things. The most common protection bags are either transparent or mesh. You can either use regular bags for this purpose or buy specialized ones from the market. Not only in keeping small pests away, but these bags can also protect your fruits from pesticides and other external chemicals. That was a practice originally started in Japan. They were initially made from silk, sewn especially for this purpose. However, it later got replaced by plastic bags after plastic their invention. This practice is the most common even to this day.
Particular Case Of Use Of Fruit Protection Bag
1. Protecting fruits from small animals
We have squirrel problems, too, and have struggled to find a way to keep them away. We have recently found fruit protection bags were mostly successful in keeping pests away from our fruits. You can find them on amazon. You put the mesh bags around the fruit you want to protect while they’re still little. Your fruit will continue to ripen in the bag, and the pests cannot get it.
2. Protection fruits from weather conditions
There are several techniques for protecting fruit and fruit trees from sudden frosts. The creation of a layer of smoke can, indeed, protect tree fruits. The smoke creates an artificial “inversion” wherein the warmer, less dense air is trapped closer to the trees. The heat which would typically radiate from the trees does not escape. It is like an evening greenhouse. Of course, it only works when we’re relatively close to freezing.
It may be necessary to put mesh bags around the fruit as they develop and tie off the mesh bags to the netting. That way you transfer the weight directly to the netting rather than stressing their stem’s connection to the vine
3. Protecting fruits from small insects and birds
You can put bags around your fruits to avoid pecking from little birds or even from insects from eating them. That is why most growers with a personal garden tend to bag their fruits up because even with the best efforts, you cannot monitor insects and birds and keep them off the fruits. The only way is to protect them from getting exposed.
Making Custom Bags
Plastic bags can do the job very well. However, if you want to make mesh bags yourself, go to the local feed & bin store if you have one. If not, most of the seed catalogs carry it. Farmer’s Parks, (as of last year) have a lot of mesh and netting available that you can choose. Big box hardware stores seem to carry only the netting.
If you are unable to find it and can spare the time, purchase mesh at the store & customize it to your fruit’s size.
You could try buying or making a sort of stand to keep them high off the ground – a lot of strawberries are grown that way commercially, especially in poly-tunnels. Plant them in and put bags around the fruits. A lot of people put straw under the plants when they are in flower, and the slugs go under the straw, while the berries remain on top. I am growing mine in hanging baskets this year.