According to the song lyrics, “one bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch, girl”. That’s true, unless your entire apple crop consisted of just one apple to begin with, as mine did this year.
“Did” because the one apple on my one apple tree fell to the ground sometime in the last few days, rotten to the core. I picked it up and threw it in to the compost bin for the worms there to finish it off. Oddly enough, I felt like I was giving in to whatever it was that was rotting it out to begin with, letting them have the prize, rewarding them for attacking the apple in the first place.
Truth is, I’m not all that upset. It is a Red Delicious variety, not my favorite by a long-shot. I only bought that variety because when I got the bright idea to plant a dwarf apple tree in the center of my vegetable garden, that’s what the garden center had.
The tree has been planted in the garden for at least five years and in that time, I’ve gotten exactly two apples from it. It wasn’t always the tree’s fault, especially back in 2007 when we had a late frost at precisely the worst time, when the trees were in full bloom, so no apples formed in anyone’s garden or orchard, including mine.
Now the question is how many more years do I give this tree before I cut it down and plant a variety I would like? There’s nothing wrong with the tree, and two years ago, when I tasted the apples from it, I was all set to keep it because the apples don't seem to be 'Red Delicious'. But it concerns me a bit to have a mystery apple variety.
I think the answer is clear, “one bad apple has spoiled this whole bunch” and I should get some better apple trees soon.