Where to Dispose of Fallen Apples: Turning The Garden Into a Waste-Free Production

Before the frost hits, it’s important to have time to harvest, prepare the garden for the cold weather, and do the winter preserves. The main problem is that sometimes there is too much harvest. Jam is already made in such quantity that there will be enough for several generations to come, and relatives and friends wrinkle and do not agree to accept bags of fruit.

As a result, apples and pears doomfully fall to the cold ground and, silently agreeing with the injustice of life, do not pass natural selection. Such is life – some are destined to become compote, while others are left to rot on the ground.

Can I put apples in the compost pit – rules and nuances

Using fruit as fertilizer is a great idea. In this way, you will not only be able to improve the condition of the soil, but also increase the yield of other crops. The main thing is not to put in a compost pit fruit from a tree that has been sick or attacked by pests. If you do, you will infect healthy plants.

Rules for making good compost:

  • Don’t just take the fruit, pick it along with the grass, haulm, and foliage;
  • Avoid fruit that has been treated with pesticides;
  • Take a plastic container or a wood box for composting, or dig a hole at the end of the garden;
  • put a layer of twigs or straw in the bottom;
  • chop apples for compost with an axe or chop them with a knife;
  • fill the container with fruits and cover it with soil;
  • cover it all with plastic wrap;
  • periodically stir the contents and water.

The time of preparation of such fertilizer is 3-4 months on average. If you want to speed up the process, you can add special chemicals.

Is it possible to bury fallen apples in the garden under the beds

Some gardeners arrange a high bed. This means that they first create an artificial elevation of the ground, and only then lay a layer of fertilizer. Plants planted in such soil immediately get their roots into a nutritious environment. They develop faster and better, bear fruit more actively, and are of higher quality.

How to make such a bed:

  • on the place where the bed will be, dig a small trench;
  • lay the apples, and on top – the decomposed manure;
  • Fill with fertilizer so that you get a mound.

In general, fallen apples can simply be buried in the garden. To do this, you need to collect all the fruits, sort them, removing the rotten or moldy ones. Shred them and bury them under the fruit trees in the root circle. Fill the top with soil, you can add leaves or manure.

Useful tip: You can additionally sprinkle with urea to prevent fungal growth.

If you do not want to use fallen apples as fertilizer, then do not be lazy and remove them from the plot. Leaving such fruit in the garden or orchard can not, be because sooner or later the fruit, infected with fungi or bacteria, will start to infect healthy trees through the soil.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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