it feels a bit like infanticide …

It has to be done!

So far, I’ve not had any fruit on my apple trees (planted five winters ago). This year, both trees are laden! Sadly, I’ll have to thin the bunches, to get reasonable-sized fruit and prevent overloading the branches … something I always feel squeamish about!

This is the lovely and local “Worcester Pearmain” (early eater), The “Annie Elisabeth” (later, mainly cooker) has fewer, but equally large, bunches.

bunched apples on Worcester Pearmain