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As late summer approaches, many garden owners feel despair. The fruit ripens almost entirely at once. Then at the latest there is also fallen fruit and the meadow resembles a colorful orchard. But much earlier, when unripe apples fall from the tree, many hobby gardeners ask themselves: Where can rotten apples and other fallen fruit be disposed of?


Compost or use?

When is fruit ripe for the compost and is it even allowed to go there? Fallen fruit that lies on the ground is a breeding ground for all kinds of animals that you hardly want in the garden. Especially sweet fruits and co. attract hordes of wasps and other annoying pests. If the fruit has not been lying around for a long time, it can be eaten without hesitation. However, hardly anyone would like to eat rotten fruit, so you should compost it quickly.

compost in the garden


The problem with the mushrooms

Composting is important not only to keep pests from being attracted, but also to keep you healthy fungus of the ground to prevent. If you still don't want to throw away rotten apples and the like, you can use them to make juices, purée and jams. If the fruit is not infested with maggots, rotten spots can simply be cut out.

Can apples just stay put?

Nature helps rot fallen fruit, but this is only possible in small quantities. Is the amount of fruit too large, however, the fruit will rot and attract vermin. You can avoid this by burying the fruit. However, it is necessary to dig at least half a meter, otherwise the fruits will be dug up again by animals.

rotting apple


Off to the compost

If the compost is created correctly and is well aerated, the fruit can also be disposed of there without any problems. With the following tips you can compost your fallen fruit without hesitation.

  • form different layers
  • after a layer of fruit follows brushwood, leaves and other things
  • use compost accelerators to speed up the decomposition process
  • turn the compost at least once a year


How much fruit can be discarded

Basically, you can have unlimited amounts of fruit over the garden compost dispose of them, but you should proceed according to the above shift plan. If you throw too many fruits in a heap, the heap will no longer be ventilated, mold and fungus will develop. Use that compost material then to fertilize your plants, you introduce fungal spores into the beds and possibly ruin the entire grow. The more frequently you rearrange the garden compost and ensure that enough air always gets into all layers, the better the quality of the later humus.

Windfall apples as garden compost

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