Apple Trees update 2020

You may remember we sprouted some apple seeds in 2014 …

And they grew and grew and grew ๐Ÿ˜€

and grew ๐Ÿ˜€

And look at them now! (6ft gardener included for scale)

This one is the tallest and would be much taller but we cut it back each winter to keep it manageable.


This one is the most flourishing because it hasn’t suffered with aphids like the others have.


This one is making a comeback after ant and aphid infestations, I’ll tell you why in a minute.


And this little fella has struggled from the get-go but he’s hanging in there thanks to …

Yay!ย  The ladybirds have arrived!ย  And now there’s not an aphid to be seen! ๐Ÿ˜€

Our apple trees are over six years old – how time flies!

Maybe in another four we’ll get some apples ๐Ÿ˜€

Have a great day!


Ladybird Ladybird

Ladybirds are good for the garden as they will eat the insects that hurt your plants. ย A ladybird house, as well as planting things they like (like dandelion and fennel), will encourage ladybirds to stay in your garden because it provides them with a safe roosting place during cold and frosty nights in early spring and a safe place in which to hibernate in winter.

So why not make one?

how to build a ladybird house

Put your bug house under a shrub or against a wall where it is warm and sheltered but not hot.

bamboo ladybird house

And if you’re feeling a bit more ambitious look at this!ย Amazing!

Don’t use chemicals in your garden, encourage nature to do the work for you ๐Ÿ™‚