June apple drop continued right through July at Somerset Cider Vinegar
but this month’s rain could go a long way towards saving the
unprecedented temperatures the totally unseasonable absence of rain
in July resulted in applets continuing to fall from our trees in
the orchards at Brent Knoll, Somerset.
was reported huge amounts of blossom this year but it was looking
like we would be struggling for fruit this year but the rain so
far this month has already had a beneficial effect.
compost horse manure which we sieve and filled all the big cracks
that opened up in the dry group in July (leaving the smaller cracks
to filter water down to the roots). It’s a good way to organically
feed the ground under the trees and improve drainage and soil structure
on heavy clays.
of the older varieties of cider apple don’t seem to have enjoyed
the hot weather at all but the Dabs are prolific!