When I looked at the weather forecast this morning, I saw rain was slated for tonight and decided I should play with my compost bins. While out collecting some of my stored grass clippings, it occurred to me that I'd left the municipal trash can by the curb for the last few days, days that were pretty windy.
Mounded all around that curbside trashcan were piles and piles and piles of leaves! What a score.
Two weeks ago, we had a 4-day stretch of 20-degree high temperatures. Once this frigid weather passed, we had a 3-day stretch of 40+ MPH winds. Because I left my trashcan out, my neighbors' leaves came to me this year.
While I was out scooping them up by the shovelful, another neighbor two houses down, one to whom I deliver regular bags of produce during the summer, was using a broom to clean up his similar situation. (He parks his car out front, and the leaves were mounded up all around it.) He shouted, "Man, these leaves are a pain, aren't they?"
One thing led to another. He ended up with two quarts of pickled hot peppers; I ended up with, between the two of us, six HUMONGOUS bags of leaves. (I decided to get my across-the-street neighbor's while I was at it )
I am so excited I can't stand it. Generally the leaf-collecting season begins in November. I think that really cold spell made it start sooner. I can conceivably get two or three dozen bags before the winter begins!
I'm going to "forget" to put away my trash can again the next time the winds start to howl. In fact, I might even set it out there on purpose. It's an excellent leaf-attracter