Most of our leaves are just now falling this late in November. I hope we will get a lot of them picked up this week. There is that one big tree out front though that's the last to shed it's leaves..I wonder if we will get to them before a big snow.
So, I have heard of the just leave them on the ground crowd who like to give insects a place to winter and I think that's a neat idea. My favorite way though is to rake and spread them on the vegetable garden. As they decompose they release nutrients and improve the soil. I think they are one of my favorite fertilizers. As a added bonus, they help feed the earth worms!
To shred or not to shred? I'm going to tell you the truth here, we are to lazy to shred. I know, I know. We have been doing it for years this way though and with our long winters they mostly decompose perfectly. We just rake them up and spread them out thinly on the garden. By the time we are able to plant the last of May they are mostly gone and we plow them under. For those of you with shorter winters or think it's best go ahead and shred so that they will break down faster.
We don't just put leaves in the vegetable garden we also mulch the strawberries, mulch around fruit trees, and put them in the flower garden.
Then the wild thing that happened:
So like, isn't this an informative post? Well let me tell you we have another job to do today! As we were raking leaves in the garden last night dear husband lost his wallet in the leaves (at least that is what we think has happened). Could it be in the strawberry bed or the vegetable garden? We looked till it got dark and finally found his comb. I think we are getting close...
So, if you wonder where I am today, my head is stuck in a pile of leaves. Please pray that we find it.
Have a great day!