by Martha Engber
About a year ago, Martha planted a little Fuji apple tree in her backyard, one that had 5 apples on it.
Squirrels ate them all.
Sad netted tree
The next spring, Martha saw 1 apple begin to grow. Determined to beat the squirrels, she followed the advice of @Adria Marlene and bought a net.
True, the The looked pretty sad to be netted — leaves all droopy and such — but the little apple did grow without incident.
One day Martha noticed the whole tree leaning over, the net in disarray and the top of the tree broken off. A squirrel had apparently attempted robbery, but to no avail!
Martha felt a little sorry for the rodent, which probably got really tangled before making an escape, but not that sorry.
Then on a fine September day, Martha took off the net...
Happy un-netted tree
She plucked the apple...
Lone surviving apple
And she ate the fruit...
P.S. The little tree is now living an un-netted and carefree life.
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