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Gardening in America

by Nancy Fletcher

     A small tray of apricots are around 4.00 dollars in the super market. Needless to say when the apricots started falling like rain we were under the tree picking them up. They hit the ground with a force which always bruised them. We had to pick each one up individually and they weren't very clean since they fell in the dirt under the tree.

     Rod came up with this idea. It is a great time saver. You can see from the picture the fruit rolls to the center of the tarpoleun. It is just a matter of scooping them up with a bucket.  The tarp kept them from hitting hard on the ground and bruising was kept to a mininum.

     The tarps were hooked on the end of a stake he drove into the ground. With a long screw in the end of the stake the tarp is stretched under the tree.

      Because the apricots are fully ripe they are much easier to clean and they do have a taste that is so delicious.  The skin can be slipped off simply by pinching the apricot in three fingers. Because the fruit is fully ripened  it has a wonderful flavor.  I have not seen a single worm in the bunch, either.  I do like to leave skins in some things: like marmalade.

      Maybe, I will try the apple tree next with the tarps to catch some of their  apples.

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