Each year my apples, Spy I think, are hit with what I think is canker. It is brown in colour and causes "sores" on the skin and hardness in the flesh. An apple can look perfect from underneath or on the area facing inwards to the trunk but the outside looks awful. I am not happy about using any chemicals in my garden but do wrap the tree trunk with a goey strip to catch the ants and other beasties which are always in evidence. The planter of the tree, whom we bought the house from, used to spray with sulphur (we inherited the antique sprayer and a tub of sulphur). Is spraying the only solution to the canker? I react badly to sulphur in wine and antibiotics so as well as trying to garden organically I would either have to get my none gardening husband to spray or try to borrow a suit from NASA!! Any advice would be gratefully received. Margaret PS How is all the rain we have had on the Sunshine Coast going to inpact the gardens? What should i be looking out for?