Scrumptious apple crop

The Scrumptious apples have been falling off the tree, some of them rotten due to codling moth invasion. Yesterday, it therefore felt like the right time to pick and start processing.

The above picture shows about half of them, which amounts to the number that are free of moth larvae. This is a little disappointing, considering the pheromone traps. However, I suspect that the culprit is the make I was obliged to purchase during the first lockdown, when nurseries and garden centres weren’t allowed to open. I should have bought a different make this year, instead of using up the traps bought in 2020, but it’s done now.

I’m glad in any case that during the second and third lockdowns, nurseries and garden centres were re-categorised as essential. I saw whinging on Twitter from poor souls who clearly haven’t worked out that food never magically appears on supermarket shelves but, thank goodness, they weren’t the final decision-makers.

Anyway, the apples are now being dehydrated, if not suitable to keep. Those which appear to be unmolested are in the fridge so we have a supply of fresh fruit for as long as possible.

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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8 Responses to Scrumptious apple crop

  1. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I don’t think my trees have fruited at all this year! They are never prolific. But I have been given a big box of cookers so all is well.

  2. I’m sorry to read about the moth damage to your crop. We’ve really come to appreciate what happens when the supply change is interrupted. It’s almost autumn, Helen. Happy equinox.

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