Eddie’s Tree House

1 Jan

When we planted the orchard two years ago, Eddie built PVC frames and covered them with plastic netting to keep the birds from stealing the fruit, but when the first peach tree was almost ready to harvest we discovered that squirrels had chewed through the netting and taken EVERY SINGLE ONE of the peaches.

The first cage Eddie built to replace the net covered structures, as seen at right.

Eddie quickly built “cages” around the remaining trees and we managed to keep most of the first year’s fruit. He felt it was too crowded, though, when we had to go inside to pick, prune or spray, so he began engineering “the tree house”. It took him about 3 months to disassemble the panels from the cages, and then measure, design and construct the 3000 square foot enclosure. He recycled the panels from the cages and of course had to install supports, build more panels and cover the top with avian wire.

Putting on the finishing touches.

Spraying was a cinch this year...lots of room to move around.

It's a masterpiece, Eddie!

He’s a mechanical genius and a tireless worker, and although I worried constantly about him being on the ladder and scaffolding, everything went fine and the result is beautiful! We’re looking forward to a spring blossom party in there!


4 Responses to “Eddie’s Tree House”

  1. Johnny January 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

    What a site (sight)! I think I’ll bring bedding, pillows and a tent since 3000 sqft is bigger then our house. As always, Eddie does it RIGHT……….

  2. Sharon Dok January 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    Eddie is truly a tireless genius! I could use about 10 of him around here. The crows ate all our cherries, and the squirrels “did in” the apples.The pears never ripened so I am very grateful for a local produce stand!

  3. Greg Stewart January 3, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    Eddie, great work. I am going to nominate you for President. You will get the USA working again.

    • Wolf & hilde February 27, 2012 at 11:04 am #

      Well schwanzi you have’nt lost yor touch, keep on building.

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