Fallen Apples - Dig In or Compost ?

? Is it good for the soil and future harvests to dig in apples at this time


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,092

    Stick them in the compost heap ,mixed up with other stuff.. Chopping it up will speed decomposition.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • yep ,put them in the compost thats where they need to be,unless your making scrumpy.

  • AWBAWB Posts: 400

    I place handfuls by the log pile,by the morning they are gone.

  • paull2paull2 Posts: 93

    Even if you make cider, as I do, there will always be rotten windfalls. If the fallen fruit is an eyesore for you, compost by all means.  Although left to rot, the apples provide a useful source of food for birds and other wildlife during the winter. One year, I read somewhere that leaving fallen apples where they drop sends some kind of message to the tree not to produce as much fruit the following year. Probably nonsense. Anyway, so I collected the unwanteds in a large pile (I had seven standard trees) to rot but that attracted rats from far and wide.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,754

    I'd leave them out for the birds - blackbirds, redwings and fieldfares will thank you for them later in the winter image

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    Blackbirds love them and I have a serious lack of them in this garden so I'll be putting some out specifically to attract them in. 

    In frosty cold spells it's a great source of moisture for them too. I used to core them and then tie them to the base of a tree stake to make it easier for them to eat. It stopped squirrels running off with them as well!

  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,736
    Rats. Oh no. Another job to do. Compost bin collapsed so I was going to leave it as a compost heap but its full of apples so I think it'll all be scooped back into a bin this weekend, come rain or shine !
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  • I've got a similar problem with pears, the tree is huge and so many windfalls.  I've Ben composting them but fear there may be too many in there now as its full of flies.


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    Maybe need to turn your compost Tris, and also add some 'dry' material - straw/shredded paper etc to get a better balance and get it all mixed thoroughly. It'll gradually settle down. It happens when you add lots of wet material like grass cuttings too. I have an ordinary paper shredder so my bank statements and junk mail are now being put to good use!  image

  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    I save the smaller apples and chop up for blackbirds. Only put them out in the morning so they've gone by night time.

  • I've taken to 'spiking' the apples onto adjacent shrubs/ bushes where the twigs are strong enough to bear the weight ( + bird!). The blackbirds, thrushes, jackdaws etc etc seem to adapt to the 'kebab' presentation and keep coming back for more - seems to beat the rodent problem from occuring, so far.....??

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