I know apples are widely available but there are so many delicious varieties that youâ€™ll not find in the shops and theyâ€™re so easy and reliable to grow that itâ€™s hard to refuse them a place in your garden. Find out more about apples at an Apple Day event.
Varieties: There are thousands from which to choose. My advice would be to go for local varieties as they are likely to thrive in your conditions.
Some of my favourites:
Eaters: â€˜Orleans Reinetteâ€™, â€˜Beauty of Bathâ€™, â€˜Ashmeadâ€™s Kernelâ€™, â€˜Luccombeâ€™s Pineâ€™, â€˜Old Somerset Russetâ€™
Cookers: â€˜Bramleyâ€™, â€˜Annie Elizabethâ€™
Ciders: â€˜Kingston Blackâ€™, â€˜Brownsâ€™.
Good things: Reliability, breadth of choice, happily take to different rootstocks/training to suit any space, versatility of the fruit.
Bad things: Codling moth larvae is likely to be the fairy tale â€˜wormâ€™ found in apples. Scab and canker can be a pain.