A Quick and Easy Fruit Picker


| 8/11/2014 9:22:00 AM


A photo of Allan DouglasWhen fall comes and my arms are not long enough to reach all the peaches, apples and pears on our trees, I turn to some homemade gadget or other to harvest that fruit.

A ladder? No! Ladders are great on flat, level surfaces, but nowhere on our mountain-side property is there a flat surface: Everything is a slope of some kind, and most of our fruit trees are on a steep slope.

In the past I’ve used a mini-rake with a couple of pegs in a cross-bar on the end of a stick to pull fruit down. Unless someone else was there with a catcher’s mitt, the fruit hit the ground, which bruises it. Often it rolled down the hill necessitating pursuit. I’ve fashioned a “claw” by mutilating a wire coat hanger into two fingers above and a “thumb” below. If the thumb is more of a ring, the piece of fruit could sometimes be lowered down from the tree for retrieval. Sometimes. Other times it would fall off, hit the ground and skitter away.

This year I saw an idea on the Internet – the photograph I saw was a Facebook repost from Pinterest. It’s hard saying where it originated. It uses a plastic beverage bottle on a stick as a picker-catcher. I decided to try that this year.

The Bottle



You will want a plastic beverage bottle – the kind with “feet” on the bottom. These add rigidity to the picker part and help for a claw that captured the top of the fruit. The picture I saw used a 2-liter soda bottle. I don’t have a 2-liter bottle today so I used a 1-liter vinegar bottle that I do have.

Denise
9/28/2018 8:33:56 AM

Thank you for this. The local orchards have started to charge a "rental" fee for their pickers. Really!!!


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5/15/2018 9:45:38 PM

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Wendy
1/16/2018 2:32:09 PM

When it was time to start picking my Ol fashioned transparent apples. Just had to find a better way! I had worn out my plastic milk jug on a stick. This last fall I used a few different sizes, a square 2 qt. plastic juice bottle worked. This year I am going to use 2 liter bottles. For Christmas I received a new multi speed tool. Thank you for directions. Happy picking, Allen Douglas.