Jones' Farmer Blog

Behind the scenes and lessons at Jones Family Farms in Shelton, CT

Netting the Blueberries

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New posts have been sunk into the soil and a canopy of blue netting is protecting the Coyote Den blueberries at Pumpkinseed Hill. The new system of posts and netting will help fend off the constant attacks of hungry birds. We estimate that we lose 1/3 of our crop every summer to wildlife.

A high canopy of netting protects berries from hungry birds.

The new posts and netting are replacing the low mesh that used to drape the tops of the blueberries. We’re excited that we won’t need to bend down to enter the field and pick during this upcoming season! The hot weather that we’ve been experiencing has started to push the blueberries to ripeness, and already there are a few blues popping up among the green berries in our fields. Picking season will be here before we know it!

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