Only three!

If you have apple trees, how are they bearing up this year?

As you may already have read, the apple tree at the back of the garden, the oldest, didn’t produce any blossom this year. Ironically, the codling month traps I was concerned about being able to buy earlier in the year therefore aren’t strictly necessary. I haven’t noticed codling moth caterpillars in the crab apples and the other two trees are two young to produce fruit.

Still, the trap I put up at the beginning of the year has been doing its stuff and caught a grand total of three male codling moths since then. My guess therefore is that with no food this year, in 2021 my tree should be in good form – and not be troubled by unwanted guests. Even the aphids seems to be leaving it more or less alone this year!

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 Only three!

  1. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    I hope you get fruit. Our trees got a late frost this year again, same as last year so we will have very little fruit. It is disappointing but nothing we can do about the weather

  2. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Between it being so fry and the late frost I don’t think my apple trees will do much either. The strawberries and raspberries have also suffered. Blackcurrants, elder and blackberries are looking good though so I won’t starve.

    • Helen says:

      The elder is wonderful this year 😊 Fingers crosses your layer fruit will do well. The farm in N. Yorkshire where I volunteer think they are going to inundated with fruit from mid-July.

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