Is the codling moth way.
Well I hope not.
This is a Ballerina apple tree, the variety is Bolero. It is a columnar apple tree, developed in the UK and introduced in 1976. I purchased this many years ago along with two other Ballerina varieties. One of the trees was removed after a few years; it was planted in the wrong place and didn't perform well either; you know, no fruit. So now I just have Bolero, and Polka which seems to be biennial fruiting. Bolero produces tons of fruit, well quite a lot anyway. The apples are quite large, but don't taste as nice as Polka.
When I bought these trees, columnar apples were a relatively new trend. They were advertised as being suitable for small gardens, not taking up much space. Unfortunately, the dwarf root stocks then, were not as good as they are today, and the trees just leapt for the sky. I have had them pruned twice already, and will be having them pruned again next winter.
I was quite late in growing apple trees. My grandfather grew them, he had Cox's Orange Pippin among others. I was put off growing apples by the TV programmes of the day who all advocated spraying and spraying and ........well you get the idea. I asked my grandfather if he sprayed his apples, and he said he did. Although he later admitted that he hadn't done it for years.
Then, many years later, Geoff Hamilton took over presenting Gardener's World on TV, and he recommended growing apple trees organically. In fact, I still remember the episode where he demonstrated microwaving a shop-bought apple and an organically grown apple. Put me off shop-bought apples for life. Strangely enough, up until then, I had never really thought about farmers and growers spraying their produce with chemicals.
And so I began growing apples organically. Oh, and the codling moths ? Fortunately, I haven't had a problem with them. I used to put codling moth traps up, when I first started growing apples, but I haven't bothered in recent years. Needless to say, should I ever find a maggot in one of my apples, the traps will return.
And finally, what about the weather then ? We've had 22mm of rain here in the last 24 hours. Don't ask me what that is in real money, but it's a lot anyway. It's a good job we're in a drought, imagine what it would be like if we were in a rainy season. Or are we now ?