Put fruit spoils to good use
EVERY few days through the winter months I peep into the shed and check that my stored apples and pears are doing well. If all is OK, they’ll sit there until March or April, but occasionally one or two (or more!) turn rotten.
As soon as you see signs of flesh or skin turning brown, remove the affected fruit from the store to prevent it spreading to others. But, instead of throwing the fruit on the compost heap, please can I urge you to throw it on your lawn instead? Ground-feeding birds such as blackbirds and song thrushes will love to feed on these spoils – and in the depths of winter, they might attract redwings and fieldfares, too. If your garden is visited by cats, move the fruits to a bird table rather than the lawn – let’s keep things friendly!
Fruits that rot in storage are perfect food for birds in these chilly months Redwings will adore your fruit spoils