An orchard is something wonderful and offers all kinds of advantages over normal gardens. In the harvest season you always have more than enough fresh fruit and fruit from your own cultivation and enjoy the magnificent fruit trees. Many gardeners have only 1-3 fruit trees in the garden, so that harvesting does not take over. But they all have one thing in common: they have to take care of the inevitable fall fruit.
Fall fruit inevitably arises precisely when the tree frees itself from infected fruit or when a stronger wind can break some fruit off the branch. It can consist of apples, pears, cherries or even plums. But can’t you just leave the fallen fruit there? Otherwise where to with the fruit?
Problem of fruit falling – leave it and do not dispose of it
If you do it like in the great outdoors and just leave the fruit lying on the ground or lawn, you will face several problems.
The fruit ferments and slowly decomposes. The smell attracts wasps / earth wasps , so that fall fruit can soon no longer be safely walked on
Muddy fruit starts to smell foul, which is not particularly pleasant in the garden.
The lawn below it becomes slimy and mushy. The lawn will thank you for freeing it of fallen fruit pieces
The green is damaged and requires extensive lawn care in spring
You accidentally breed pests that make themselves comfortable in the rotten fruit on the ground
You create a breeding ground for mushrooms
Rats are attracted
Odor and vermin nuisance can cause trouble with your neighbors.
More reasons than enough to worry about how to dispose of, remove or process fall fruit. This can have some advantages, as will be explained later in this article.
Collect and dispose of the fruit – that’s how it works
In most cases, it is a better idea to collect fallen fruit from the ground, remove it regularly and, if necessary, dispose of it properly, provided that it is classified as unusable. It doesn’t matter whether the fruit is on the sidewalk, a garden path, in a bed or on the lawn. The main thing is to go to work regularly in autumn or late summer to collect individual fruits several times a week with a bucket, basket or sack.
The fruit collector is an easy-to-use garden tool that saves a lot of work and tedious bending down. A kind of rolling spiral is attached to a handle, with which you can easily roll the wire mesh over the lawn. The old fruit gets stuck in the container and can be collected easily.
Alternatively, this works with a leaf rake, but is more labor intensive. When collecting, you should orient yourself on the type of fruit, as there are differences.
Fall fruit with worm infestation: Should be collected daily if possible and ideally disposed of in the bio clay. Otherwise the worms multiply very quickly and attack the fruits again next spring.
Fruit rot on the tree: It is best to take these fruits off the tree in the same step and dispose of them properly. In this way you can specifically avoid future fruit in the fall.
Fruit not harvested: This usually falls off the tree when it is overripe and does not have to be removed immediately, as it only has small pressure points and can even be eaten by itself or it can be fed to animals.
Disposal of fruit of all kinds
There are numerous ways to dispose of and get rid of larger amounts of fruit. We would like to present a few common variants that are accessible to everyone.
Possibility 1: Bio bin
Just like kitchen waste, spoiled and fallen fruit can be put into the bio bin from the trees. Simply put the collected pieces into the green bin once a week and close them.
Option 2: Composting
Smaller amounts can be added to the compost. Good ventilation should always be ensured. Mix with leaves or cut waste every now and then. Composting falling fruit works very well and quickly. Next year there will be valuable, natural fertilizer available.
Option 3: Burying
Fallen fruit can also be buried in a targeted manner so that it rots directly in the soil and releases nutrients to the soil. It acts as a fertilizer and can make sense depending on the type of garden soil . For this purpose, however, dig in the bed at least 50 cm deep and far away from the roots of the plants, otherwise animals can dig out the fruit again and the putrefaction can spread to the plants.
Possibility 4: Recycling center
Every community or city has a recycling center, where you can usually hand in larger quantities of unusable pieces of fruit free of charge and dispose of them properly.
Option 5: Fill in the raised bed
If you have a raised bed, you can fill it into the raised bed together with the grass clippings and other clippings. However, pay attention to the correct layers.
Under no circumstances should fall fruit be disposed of in the forest or in any public meadow. Anyone who thinks they are making the wild animals happy does not take the community into account, which has already imposed heavy fines for this.
Use, store or use fall fruit – ideas and tips
You don’t always have to dispose of dropped fruits completely, because apart from a few pressure points, they are usually still completely intact and can be used in the kitchen and garden if you are quick.
Idea 1: Juicing
If you have a juicer , you can quickly make a delicious fruit juice. To do this, only collect the intact fruit not affected by the worm and use the healthy natural product directly in the blender.
Idea 2: fruit cake
Alternatively, make a nice fruit cake from discarded but intact pears, plums or apples. If there are too many, give them away to the neighbors.
Idea 3: Donate animals
If you have horses and other animals nearby, you can donate the fall fruit collection. Horses are always happy about fresh fruit.
Idea 4: A few pieces for the hedgehog
If you regularly have a hedgehog in the garden and want to do something good for it, put a few pieces under the leaves in a corner.
Idea 5: cider factory
If you have large quantities of fall fruit, you can take everything to a cider factory and return direct juice in return. It is practical, tastes good and is very healthy.
Idea 6: Mus and jam
Tasting good is always also mus and jam from your own fruit harvest. Anyone who knows a few good kitchen recipes can use the fruit sensibly without having to throw it away.