Monday, April 8, 2013

Apples by the bucket!

I have three Ballerina apple trees, developed to grow upright and produce apples in a small space.  The 'Bolero' variety produces green eating apples and is the first to crop, my 'Polka' and 'Waltz' are reddish and ready for picking now.

 I have just picked a bucketful and there are probably two more bucket loads out there.  Am off to visit the grandchildren in the next couple of weeks, so will take one with me.

The birds had great fun pecking the apples off the trees, so I had to net them, which worked well.  I also planted garlic around them to keep off the moths that lay eggs in apple trees, providing their newly hatched larvae with a plentiful food source.

The apples ripening in the sun