my plums ripened all of a sudden and i realised i didn't have a way to get at the ones up high other than shaking the tree. (it's my first year with tree fruit. yay!! but i was fully unprepared.) so i drove down to agway (which was 14 miles away) and they were closed for a family emergency. darn. so i was searching on amazon for them and was all set to buy one and then i google searched them and saw some DIY ones. ok! so i figured i'd try the soda bottle one. i had an aquafina bottle all ready (which is good cause it's smaller than the 2 liter bottle which would have been overkill.http://doablesurvival.blogspot.com/2014 ... icker.html
i boiled some water and placed the bottle and cap in there to soften it a bit so my xacto would cut it easier, and a minute later i have my lightweight fruit picker. hopefully i have some ready to pick tomorrow. (i might need to alter my design slightly. we'll see.)
i may have cut the hole out of the cap too large. the pole screws in, but it wobbles a bit. i might mold a more tight screwy bit into the neck of the bottle. maybe with plumber's putty.
this is better than the bulky and unwieldy basket type one. (especially since my plums are so small and delicate.