Mama Pea pointed out that -
"I've read you should thin your apple clusters to the two strongest looking apples. I'll admit that doesn't always get done on our trees (ahem) but you will really get much bigger apples if you do it. And since most of our apples get made into applesauce, I always ask myself if I'd rather peel and core five small apples . . . or two big ones?"
This makes sense to me too. I'd rather have fewer, larger fruit than ton's of idde bitties.
So I Googled it and came across a few articles about thinning apples. I just love how they call them fruitlets.
Sounds like candy @:)
I found this video too for those of you who'd like a visual. His apples are much larger than mine are now. I might wait a week or two before I do this to see how they form up. Plus, I've never sprayed. Do any of you use a preventative spray when you have a crop forming?
I also scrolled down in the comment section and saw that he says it takes about 5-6 years for fruit trees to really be mature. I guess we're ahead of the game a bit as this is only year Four.
In other news, the strawberries are starting to ripen. We're hoping to start thinning those fruitlets in a day or two.
Today has a chance of rain in the forecast but the long range shows a dry week ahead so I'm hoping to spend this weekend getting the rest of the garden weeded and planted.
I expect that ya'll will be out doing the same. Enjoy the day and don't get sunburned!