Its fair to say that last year was a huge success with the amount of apples that we were able to harvest. They also tasted fantastic and were a good size for the amount that the tree produced. However, this year was a different story. It seems that the trees may have been stressed out a little from last year’s bumper crop which has resulted in a very small crop this year. As a result, I didn’t bother to spray them, which meant that the codling moth returned and destroyed about half of the remaining fruit. Click here to see how I dealt with them last year. So the plan now is to thin the trees out every year to try and keep the crops consistent from year to year so we have enough apples to eat every season.