Put fruit spoils to good use

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

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

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