Hi everyone. Its currently spring here in Australia but lucky for you guys its fall there, which is my favourite time of year, the main reason I like fall so much is the autumn leaves. Autumn leaves arenâ€™t just beautiful, they also are a valuable resource for your garden. If you are trying to grow any veggies I would recommend you try gathering up and storing as many of these little gems as you can. My homestead property has very poor heavy clay soil. So every year I travel into the city with the pickup truck and 10-5 trailer (which has 6ft sides) and collect as many as I can to last me the rest of the year. Last fall I collected 8 cubic meters (about 282 cubic ft) of Autumn leaves. And now 6 months later its almost all gone, looks like I will need to get twice that amount next time if I want it to last me all the way through. But something tells me I wont ever have enough xD
I feed some to the worms throughout the year but I use them mostly for the garden. Such as in the compost pileâ€™s, as mulch and dug strait into the soil. There is also leaf mould. Leaf mould can hold up to 500 times its own weight in water so is excellent for improving the moisture retaining qualities of your soil. Its also called the lazy mans compost. You don't really have to turn it like normally and unlike true compost you can jump on the leaf mould pile as much as you like and it wont hurt it.
I am always deeply saddened and disappointed when I drive past someoneâ€™s front yard and see them burning a pile of leaves. Such a wasteâ€¦
Autumn leaves are just loaded with organic matter and nutrients for the garden.
One thing to watch out for is depending on what sort of leaves they can compact limiting the amount of oxygen and water which is much needed by plants. So if you are going to use them as mulch it might pay to try shredding them first.
Leaves in the forest provide about 50 to 80 percent of the nutrients that trees receive. Leaves also protect the levels of moisture that reach the trees and also regulate the soil temperature. So I try not to gather leaves from the same trees year after year.
just watch out for black walnut leaves. Happy gardening folks