What's that old saying, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Well it's something like that. I'd like to update the saying to, when life gives you a giant out of control apple tree, make compost.
There's an old apple tree on my property that I was very excited about when I first bought my house. I had big plans for those apples. Sure there were apple pies to be made but I was combing the internet for a cheap apple press to
make my own apple cider. And when you're making cider, you may as well make hard cider too. And who doesn't love apple cider doughnuts too?
Since I bought my house in December, I had that whole winter to channel Bubba from
Forrest Gump. Only instead of shrimp recipes, I was naming all the great things I would be making with my apples.
Apple Pie, Baked Apples, Apple Turnovers, Candy Apples, Apple Cobbler, Carmel Apples...
Well guess what you get from an old overgrown apple tree, especially if you don't spray any nasty chemicals on it? You get a lawn full of pest infested apples. I did some organic apple research and aggressively pruned few years in a row but the tree needs more help than I have time. So every summer, the tree drops tons of apples that I can't eat.
Now here's the lemonade part, these apples are great for my compost bin. I usually collect a few garbage cans full and dump them right into my bins. They're especially great in the fall when I'm low on greens and have giant piles of leaves to compost.
So how you like them apples? :)