What to do with rotting fallen apples: all farmers and gardeners should know this

By SSPDaily editionFeb 4, 2024 17:24 PMLife
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What to do with rotting fallen apples?
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When harvesting apples, some fruit may end up on the ground for various reasons, such as disease, strong winds, or bad weather. These fallen apples should be put to good use. SSPDaily has prepared an article on this topic to help you take better care of your plants.

Pick up all fallen apples

Leaving fallen apples under the tree can lead to soil contamination and possible infections on the trunk itself. Pests, such as moths, can quickly infest healthy fruit if left around. Therefore, it is very important to remove scorched apples from the ground in a timely manner.

Use rotten apples as fertilizer

Rotten apples can be turned into a valuable resource for increasing garden fertility. One option is to bury them in a separate area. However, do not forget to sprinkle the apples with a thick layer of soil (about 10-15 cm) to prevent the appearance of fruit flies.

Another option is to add these fruits to the compost heap. To avoid high acidity, it is recommended to add ash or dolomite flour when composting apples.

  • Experienced gardeners have found that some plants respond very well to rotten apple fertilizer. For example, gooseberries, raspberries, currants, and other fruit trees. Chop the fallen apples into small pieces with a shovel. Make a furrow around the bush and put a layer of fruit in it ad then a layer of humus and soil about 15 cm thick. To enhance the effect, sprinkle with sawdust or straw.
  • When fertilizing trees, choose only healthy apples, avoiding wormy and rotten ones. As with bushes, the fruits are crushed with a shovel, and then a furrow is made around the tree trunk. Bury the fertilizer to a depth of 15 cm, stepping back from the trunk circle by about 10 cm.
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