Although it's still late summer it's starting to look a little autumnal in parts of the garden, particularly under the apple trees where the windfall apples create a hazard, as you skid over them like a cartoon character on marbles.
The other day I raked up the windfall apples. It was quite satisfying work, as it turned out, with the visual delight of autumnal colours, curled brown leaves, and the round glossy globes of the apples. Unlike leaves they were fairly cooperative too. A flick of the rake and they trot along obediently to where you want them. Be sure not to flick too hard, however, or they skid merrily past your growing pile and you’ll have to round them up all over again.
What did I do with the piles of unripe little fruit? Well, some began my compost heap, interspersed with plenty of leafy brown waste. The rest went into the base of my beautiful new raised bed that I made, before being buried by soil. But that's another post for another day ;)