David Pennell, who advised us on our original selection of fruit trees, came to see how our trees were doing.
He found that the less robust apple trees were suffering from aphid damage and would benefit from a dressing of organic chicken manure pellets. He said bug hotels would be a good idea.
At this stage with young trees we should be fairly ruthless in taking off a lot of small apples. Most of their energy should be going into growth not fruit production.
He is also going to advise us on taking soil samples so that we can monitor soil improvements as the forest garden matures.