Saturday, 1 October 2011

Tip of the Week: Making an apple worm heap

I certainly can't take any credit for this week's tip of the week but I couldn't resist passing on this great idea, as featured in Autumn & Winter 2011 edition of The Organic Way - the official magazine produced by Garden Organic.

Continuing with today's apple theme the following method should make a rich, moist compost. It is also a great way to make use of any windfall apples which are too degraded to use in the kitchen.

A sturdy compost box/bin
Windfall/rotting apples
Autumn leaves, rough/spent compost or old straw

Add a layer of fruit, two or three deep, to the compost box.
Chop fruit roughly with a spade
Cover with a layer of wet autumn leaves, rough compost or old straw
Repeat until container is full or you run out of apples

Worms will gradually move in to make a moist compost. The process may take a year or two.

P.S. Always remember to leave some windfall apples on the ground for robins & blackbirds etc to enjoy.

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