|This worked better than expectation. I lashed a 15' length of 4", corrugated, plastic drain tile to one leg of the 8' step ladder I use to pick apples.|
|Next time I will also lash a one-by-two to the leg so the open end will be twenty or thirty inches above the top and will be located in a repeatable location.|
|This is the Liberty apple tree the ever-lovely Mrs ERJ and I picked today.|
|It appears that even tree frogs favor Liberty apples.|
|Liberty is our favorite apple for making apple sauce. These are still just a little bit under-ripe for that use but they should be fine in a week.|
What the pictures fail to show is that we ran the bottom end of the drain tile into a large, poly bag. As long as the tube sloped downward, it did not clog up and delivered the apples to the bag.
Fifteen feet is longer than optimal (because it was difficult to keep it sloping downward for its entire length) but it is much easier to make the drain tile shorter. I plan to cut a couple of feet off the piece for the next tree we pick.