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Wonderful Leaf Mold Harvest

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Claire-Ontario13-Oct-00 12:46 AM EST   
Phil Myre 13-Oct-00 08:03 AM EST   
Carolyn13-Oct-00 08:48 AM EST   
Claire-Ontario17-Oct-00 12:35 AM EST   
Phil Myre17-Oct-00 10:27 AM EST   
rose18-Oct-00 09:23 AM EST   
Katherine18-Oct-00 03:22 PM EST   
Claire-Ontario26-Oct-00 03:21 AM EST   

Subject: Wonderful Leaf Mold Harvest
From: Claire-Ontario
Date: 13-Oct-00 12:46 AM EST

Fall is upon us and anyone who has a bit of room in the yard or beside the house has the opportunity to put fallen leaves to good use.

Instead of raking them up for the recycling truck.....make your own leaf mold to enrich your own garden soil.

Simply put leaves into black or green garbage bags with a shovelful of soil and a handful or two of lawn fertilizer. Tie the top and poke holes in the sides of the bags to let air and moisture circulate and leave outside over the winter. If you can, store in a sunny location, and by spring you should have some wonderful, broken down, leaf mold that your plants will love.

If you have to store the bags in a shaded area - it might take another year before its well and truly broken down or you can just add it to the regular compost pile.

Subject: RE: Wonderful Leaf Mold Harvest
From: Phil Myre
Date: 13-Oct-00 08:03 AM EST

Hi Claire have you had a good summer?? well time has come for to gather leaves well I am luckey as my neighbours gather their leaves and I am the luckey recipiant but what I do is put them through the chipper and then put them on my beds with manure and compost by spring the worms have had their nourishment and left there for the garden the stuff the plants love as for the bags its a good idea but I like the direct approach the soil in spring is so nice I have been doing this for years and have never regreted it some of my neighbours ask me what my secret is to good gardening and I smile they give me the best gift going just think of it so many folks buy the stuff for their garden and thats ok but I like what mother nature does it knows best have a good winter and enjoy the rest as we will soon be getting the itch to get out to garden Phil

Subject: RE: Wonderful Leaf Mold Harvest
From: Carolyn
Date: 13-Oct-00 08:48 AM EST

Hi Claire and Phil!

I've always made leaf mold and it really is great--saves me the expense of purchasing alot of soil amendments each year. I've never added fertilizer to it, however. Does this help it break down sooner?

This year, I'll be collecting bags and bags of leaves from all over the neighborhood---you can never have too much of the stuff! I may shred some of the leaves, as Phil suggested. It's a good mulch for winter.

I have a funny question and comment: I planted my spring bulbs yesterday and I swear there were a couple of squirrels watching where I put them. Has anyone experienced this? They were watching so intently--like they were committing the locations to memory. I felt uneasy, so I got some mesh and laid it over the soil and covered with mulch. Sure enough, when I went inside, they ran to dig them up but couldn't. Crazy squirrels!

Subject: RE: Wonderful Leaf Mold Harvest
From: Claire-Ontario
Date: 17-Oct-00 12:35 AM EST

Hi Phil and Carolyn....yes I believe adding a handful of fert and a shovelful or two of dirt does help "break" it down....

Wish I had the space to store bags and bags of leaves or I'd be out pinching from my neighbours before the compost truck picks them up for sure.

Phil - I have had a good summer thanks, wish I also had a chipper - I know you can use a garbage bin and weed whacker to but I must confess that at this time of the year I've generally run out of energy and can't face mixing dirt and manure and leaf cuttings to the garden. In my defense...I don't strip the garden of every bit of foliage either so much will rot into the earth before spring anyway. I do try to not rake up every single leaf out there either....leaving some to break down on their own.

I just make sure there's not enough leaves left to smother the plants entirely. I'm a great believer in "winter interest" but thats' a fancy way of saying...I've really just "run out of steam" for the season...ha ha

I keep my leaf mold to use when putting in new plants or transplanting to give them a "boost".

I've still got fall anenomes and monkshood blooming all over the frost yet has killed my annuals or the season continues here. Til next time....

Subject: RE: Wonderful Leaf Mold Harvest
From: Phil Myre
Date: 17-Oct-00 10:27 AM EST

Hi Claire you said about not having a chipper well you have a lawnmower just run it back and forth add more leaves do it again fist thing you know your pile is a third as big and ready to use more or less you have to burn the old gas for the mower as gas is too expensive to let it go Have fun Phil

Subject: RE: Wonderful Leaf Mold Harvest
From: rose
Date: 18-Oct-00 09:23 AM EST

Why can't I just mulch the leaves and put it on my flower beds now?

Subject: RE: Wonderful Leaf Mold Harvest
From: Katherine
Date: 18-Oct-00 03:22 PM EST

To Carolyn - how I laughed when I read about your squirrels. I had no idea how clever they were until I experienced their love for bulbs a few years ago. I was in the middle of planting crocus bulbs, turned away for maybe 30 seconds to answer the phone, and when I came outside again, there were bulbs and the remnents of bulbs on the lawn beside the flower bed, and of course, those cute little holes...Since then, I have a box of blood meal right beside me, and I don't leave the planted bulbs without throwing a handful down. Seems to work...

Subject: RE: Wonderful Leaf Mold Harvest
From: Claire-Ontario
Date: 26-Oct-00 03:21 AM EST

Hi Rose ---- well of course you can mulch leaves and use them now as Phil said.

But if you have lots of leaves its nice if you can have some on hand later in the season as you feel a new plant or shrub can use a "boost" never know when a shoveful of composted leaves might come in handy.

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