I’m really excited! After inspecting my apple tree (Orleans Reinette) today, I noticed something I hadn’t seen before.


Could these little lumps be the beginning of apples? I do hope so, though this will be a surprise. I had heard that it would be four years before the tree, which was a bare root maiden when I bought it three and a half years ago, would produce fruit. However, taking it they are indeed apples, there must be another apple tree nearby which is in the same group (mine is Group 2). This is good news in itself, because it means I don’t have to rush to plant a companion.

On that front, I am undecided what to do. For example, do I get another apple tree or a crab apple tree, for variety?

Anyway, apples are not the only excitement today. The runner beans have shot up considerably since I last looked…


Still small, I know, but last week they had just about come through.

It’s the first time I have grown runner beans. And the lettuce I have just sown in the ground is another first. That is, I have previously only grown them in pots. However, there do seem to be fewer slugs around this year and it would be a shame to let so much of my garden go unused – while the going is good!

Here is where I’ve put the lettuce, between the garlic. All being well, that should deter the slugs and snails, should they take a fancy, in any case 😉

© Helen Butt, June 2013.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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4 Responses to Apples?

  1. Yep, those are apples, or they look like them. Our trees are full of hem this year too. I’d still buy another tree – to ensure fruit each year and you can never have too many apple trees. We have 4 varieties, plus crabapple and pear. They are so pretty in bloom in the spring, too.

  2. streepie says:

    Oh yes, these are definitely apples! I hope they grow into tasty ones!

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