Look at our apple trees now!

Remember we planted some sprouted apple seeds nearly five and a half years ago? I can’t believe it’s been over five years!  Anyway, look at them now!  In our last update, three years ago, they were still in pots, but not long after that we planted them in the chickens’ area of the garden where my husband works.  We thought they’d make the chickens’ patch more interesting and give them some shade in the summer.  They grew at different rates, maybe because they’re different types of apples but also because a couple of them have been plagued with ants farming aphids on them.  The little one at the back of the photo (above) was in a really bad way last year because it was smothered in greenfly so I soaked some soapnuts in a bottle of water and doused them liberally with it and this year it’s really bounced back.  Doesn’t seem a very vegan thing to do though does it?  But I want to protect the trees.  This year the ants are still there and the greenfly are back, though not in such great numbers yet.  I was hoping some ladybirds might help out if I left things alone but so far I’ve only seen one so I’m not really sure the best course of action.

Any natural suggestions would be greatly appreciated 🙂

This one is the strongest this year – isn’t it marvellous?  A nice bit of shade for the chicks and, five years in, we’re half way to getting some apples.  Greenfly permitting 😉

Growing your own trees – it’s a rollercoaster of joy and apprehension! ❤

14 thoughts on “Look at our apple trees now!

  1. Wow! I haven’t heard of sprouting your own apples since Johnny Appleseed! That is awesome! They will probably not sprout true to the fruit you got them from…this is why most people cut and graft. Johnny didn’t care because he was probably more interested in making hard cider and didn’t need sweet fruit, which happened to be very good for species/genetic diversity…but just be aware that your apples might not be the most palatable variety. Still, the chickens will probably like them. 😛 I love my small orchard and have always wanted to do this–grow them from seed and just see what comes of it! Oh, no matter what, I would cut the leader from the trees if I were you, just to keep them manageable!

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    • Fascinating! Thank you 🙂 Yes, we have been cutting the leader when they’re dormant to stop them getting huge 😀 Any advice about the greenfly? D’you think it’ll sort itself out?


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