|Lough Key Crab flowering over Blackcurrants, it makes beautiful crab apple jelly|
|a small tree puts on a big show|
Yesterday walking past the army of apple trees, many of them covered in blossom it got me thinking from the 100th time about what the hell I am going to do with all of the apples? There are almost 20 apple trees on site-yes 20!! You can see why cider production is on my mind! On younger trees you are supposed to thin the fruit, this is to do two jobs. It gets the fruit to a decent size so you have 2 large apples instead of 4 small ones and it prevents the apple tree getting into a two year fruiting cycle. This is where the tree fruits so much one year it has to take the next year off to recover before it can produce again in the third year. If this happens it can get into a pattern of producing only every two years-not what you want.
|Nabbed from that link, in winter you can see the espalier training|
Anyone interest in espalier trees might like this blog posting. I love the photos!
espaliered apple trees