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Finally got my act together and built a fruit fly net screened dome tunnel. Only 6m x 2.4m but at the moment I am not allowed any more lawn space. Gotta be happy with my small victories!

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Comment by Christa on May 20, 2020 at 21:20

Very good, you managed to get hold of one of the superfoods.  I did not know you had to have male and female plants.  

I often wondered about fruit fly,  when we put out baits, I noticed more fruit fly then before.  Maybe it was a co-incidence, but it seemed to attract them more so.  I wonder how far they fly.  Maybe we should try to put baits outside our properties in the street trees. 

Thanks for details of your net house and your kind offer of steel posts, now we know how to build it, we should be right.  You were lucky to get more area for netting.  Will you be tying the tomato plants to the top with string. 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on May 20, 2020 at 18:35

Once those little quail get going, they'll do as much veg bed damage as a chicken Christa.  Never under-estimate a Japanese Quail.  The world war two pilots developed their tactics by copying quail.  True story... kinda... 

Comment by Doug Hanning on May 20, 2020 at 17:26

Hey Christa, 

I used 32mm polypipe that are shoved into 50mm steel scaffold tube. I had a heap sent to me by mistake(meant to be aluminium) and it came from perth so they just let me have it. I have some I could cut up for you. I dug a haole with a post hole pincer and put them in 500mm and just rammed the dirt back around, so I could remove if I had to. I did get my 10mx10m net from netpro. Fruit fly apparently fly away once they hatch, so the fruit fly that rock up at our places come from kilometers away, had a uni professor do a talk about it at STFC. I actually worked some of my magic and was granted more room so I extended it on the weekend. Just picked up a male and female gac plant as well that had been on my long list of possible things to grow. Also found my chilacayotes have heaps of fruit behind my shed, some plants thrive on neglect.

Comment by Christa on May 20, 2020 at 11:08

Doug, We would like to put a similar cover over our peach trees.  Your setup looks like you used fencing pipe and put pvc tube into it.  What length of pipe and pvc diameter, did you use.  Maybe we could use star pickets, they may be cheaper and easier to source. We will buy our netting from Netpro, I think. Just feel like I need some nice wine at the same location (Stanthorpe).  We would need at least 1800 star picket driven into the ground. 

Do little quail eat fruit fly larvae, if we put them under the net?    

Comment by Sophie on May 12, 2020 at 10:15

Thanks Doug, nice one. My dad has just built a fab veg patch during Covid and has totally put me to shame haha - He is constructing some sort of rail frame thing (above head height) and will use shower curtain clips to attach the netting to the rail so he can just glide the netting across like a curtain when he needs access. Ingenious!

Comment by Doug Hanning on May 11, 2020 at 17:46

Sophie this is mainly for tomatoes, brassicas, corn etc stuff that is wind pollinated or  doesnt need pollination. I am going to make it so I can open one side if I wanted bees to access it but I dont have to many probs with bugs on my cucurbits that I will continue to grow in my bags. Also will throw longevity and okinawan spinach in there as they get hammered by caterpillers every year.

Yes Andy I wanted it bigger

Comment by Sophie on May 11, 2020 at 15:30

Curious, how does pollinating work inside these things?

Comment by Sophie on May 11, 2020 at 15:17

so goooood! 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on May 11, 2020 at 14:43

What a bloody beauty mate!  Only 6 x 2.4 meters??!!!!!!  I'm dead envious.  

Comment by Doug Hanning on May 10, 2020 at 20:07
Forgot to mention this was all built with recycled or left over bits apart from the net.

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