Tree Following September Part 14
Seasons end, fallen fruits.
Many thanks to Squirrelbasket for hosting this monthly meme #Treefollowing
Last year my apple fruits fell early October, so I was a little caught out recently when several fruits were discovered on the lawn early one morning, I was also a little surprised how differently the fruits tasted compared to last year.
Last years crop was very juicy, and flavour-some, whereas this years were quite dry and bland. Just shows how the weather conditions can affect the resulting crop.
I still have fruits left on the tree, but they look more than ready to pick.
So last year my total crop was 3 fruits, this year I will achieve 5, yes its an increase I suppose, but a bit poor. I think one of the problems was a late frost while the tree was full of blossom, and it was quite windy in the month of June, which caused quite a bit of June drop when the fruits were small.
So to remedy this I have finally purchased a substantial tree stake and some decent tree ties.
I currently have just one fruit left now. And as the fruits were tasteless I think I will use the remaining fruit along with some scrumped others in a pie or crumble.
The tree has put on quite a bit of height this growing season, so will get a light prune in the winter, but I am going to have a go at grafting another apple variety on to a stem on the side.