|All tucked in for the winter. A few cabbages and Brussels sprouts remain.|
Leaves are such a fabulous resource for the gardener. In the fall, I mulch with them to protect the top soil in my empty annual beds. This year, I used the leaves as mulch around my perennial plants in my front garden as protection through the winter months. In the spring, I will remove about half of the leaves from the vegetable beds and turn the rest into the soil. The removed leaves will go into the compost. I'm not letting this organic material go to waste.
Where did my leaves come from this year, if not from my trees? From my neighbor who has an enormous tree in front of their house and an even bigger pile of leaves. They were happy for me to take their full leaf bags. I even raked up some more for them!
|A bed of carrots will remain in the ground. I'll pull them s needed. The mulch will help prevent the soil from completely freezing.|
To hear more on mulching with leaves and the wonders of leaf mold, listen to this great pod cast of "For The Love of Gardening" radio show. It is in two ten minute parts : Part One and Part Two.
After listening to Sejal talk about the benefits of leaf mold I am going to try and find room for a pile in my vegetable garden.
Do you use your leaves?