Rotten harvest

There are a lot of fallen apples in our backyard. Unfortunately, most of them are partially rotted or diseased. I’ve only found 3 good ones so far. One of the side effects of a carpet of apples in your backyard is that your backyard smells like Bath & Bodyworks. Hopefully next year we can take better care of the tree & get a real apple harvest….

We also have a minefield of rotting plums. Most of them have some kind of bug infestation. It’s not a good year for healthy plums in our backyard. This tree needs some attention.

Imagine how overwhelmed we will be when these fruit trees are doing well? Apple pies all around! Prunes all day and night! I know next to nothing about caring for neglected fruit trees, but I can read books / hire someone. This year, however, we have the unfortunate task of composting all this rotten fruit. Our new Biostack compost bin arrived just in time.

Our county subsidizes compost bins, so we took advantage of the program. I plan on eventually building our “dream composter” attached to the chicken coop, but until that construction project is completed (hopefully in time for 2010, but possibly 2014…), the 12 cubic feet of hot composting space in the Biostack will tide us over.

Now that our compost operation is up & running, we can tackle the invasive ivy trying to take over our yard. I think we might have inherited some electric hedge clippers from the previous owners, and I read that you can make short work of ivy with electric hedge clippers. I’m going to leave the mint plants that are flourishing. You can eat mint, but you can’t eat ivy… can you? I need to research this.

Some people might say we should finish unpacking the house and find places for all of our stuff…. but let’s be serious here. We can unpack when the weather’s bad. This is Olympia, it’s basically guaranteed to rain for 6 months.



Filed under fall, food, home, urban farming

2 responses to “Rotten harvest

  1. Jen

    There’s a program in Seattle called Lettuce Link that helps homeowners care for their fruit trees. In return, you donate any excess fruit to food banks.

    I don’t know if there’s anything like that in Olympia, but there should be….

  2. Pingback: Now Harvesting: Homegrown Compost | krista and jess

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