In November, 2013, I posted a pair of articles describing a composting technique for fall leaves. Leaf compost is a relatively free solution for enhancing the soil and controlling weeds in the garden. A healthy layer of compost around plants conserves water and adds nutrients to the soil.
If you missed my com-posts, or want a reminder, here are the links:
I am delighted to report that compost happened.
I started with this huge pile of leaves, added some manual labor, and sprinkled the endeavor with a great deal of patience. Since November I have turned the pile six times to fluff it and allow oxygen to reach the center. During each stirring I dampened the leaves and sprinkled soil in the mix.
Much of the compost has been moved into the garden to feed new plantings and to protect sensitive plants from the coming cold. We transplanted Shawn’s roses this fall, and we have each tucked under a compost comforter for the long winter’s nap. Roses, if you’re reading the blog I expect some stunning blooms next summer.
The remaining pile demonstrates how the leaves should look after a single year. The change is dramatic.
The barrel of compost is destined for a garden my daughter intends to plant behind her townhome. Her soil is a mix of concrete, brick chips, and pure clay, and it will require some effort to build a garden-ready bed for next spring. I’m delighted to help scratch her gardening itch, though. I’m a Dad, and that’s what we do.
I enjoyed a full cardio workout in the brisk morning air as I mixed 4 loads of compost into the soil stash. Does that treasure trove make your gardening heart quiver with delight? Imagine the plants that can grow with such good soil.
Well, the leaves are drifting earthward again. I’ve started a new compost pile, thinking ahead to 2015.