For anyone who missed it, we had a drought last summer, followed by a dry winter and spring. I’ve only been in the CSA vegetable scheme at my local farm since last September, so I can’t be sure they have had to buy in vegetables because of this but I wouldn’t be surprised!
Irrespective of the difficulty in growing vegetables, it looks like my apple trees were weakened. I thought the Orleans Reinette at the back of the garden had shaken off the dreaded aphids, now it was bigger. Even better, the codling moth trap this year was catching them. Ah, but look at this:
Notwithstanding, the tree is laden with apples and hopefully not too many will fall in the June drop. The same goes for the crab apple tree, which has also been badly affected by aphids but has more fruit than I’ve ever seen before.
Even the two younger trees have apples on them, though I wouldn’t be surprised if they all fell. Besides, this is probably for the best, although I would like to try them. It would be particularly nice for my daughter to get one from her tree but all will be revealed in the fullness of time.