Picking your own fruit from trees that grow in your lawn and garden is a wonderful way to add nutritious and delicious fruit varieties to your diet. Whether you eat fruit as a snack alone or choose to use it for pies, sauce or jam, picking your own fruit is a smart, economical way to enjoy fresh fruit in season. Bagging picked fruit from the tree is a terrific project for children, as it is a simple process that does not require additional gardening skills.
Place your stepladder at a distance of 6 to 8 inches from the tree fruit, so that you are within arm's length of the fruit while picking.
Set a large paper bag (such as a supermarket bag) inside another paper bag of the same size. Double-bagging serves to protect the bag from tearing under the bulk and weight of the fruit pieces.
Wipe down each piece of tree fruit with a clean, dry towel. Ensure each piece of fruit is free of dirt, grime or pests.
Place each piece of fruit gently inside the bag. Be careful not to drop or throw the fruit in order to protect it from bruising or becoming damaged.
Fill the bag to desired capacity for the fruit you wish to use. Be sure to only bag as much fruit as you are planning to consume, or to give away to friends, family or loved ones.
Fold the bag gently over the top to ensure that dust and debris cannot enter the bag. Store the bag in a cool, dry place until ready to consume.