RG 2005 December

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December, 2005


The disposal of pomace

The mortal remains of 6 tons of apples buried behind the ciderhouse has become a place of winter feasting and revelry for the local rat population. Their telltale bore holes, surrounded by the still golden pomace that they've excavated, have appeared in many places. I think I've learnt that burying the stuff too close to home is not a good idea! It does not compost and disappear into the ground as quickly as I imagined.

I used to keep a few pigs and they were the most incredible devourers of pomace, absolutely made for the job. They adored the stuff. I know that one or two pigs would root up and dispose of my present problem in no time at all, though they would probably stagger about a bit.