As the Southern Hemisphere is moving into Winter, Autumn first provides her most important harvest: fallen leaves. Natures perfect cycle of replenishment to the soil and the provision of nourishment for all life in the ecosystem. And what do we do with this abundant gift? We sweep it up into plastic bags and send it off to land fill. Come spring we drive to the garden center and buy compost in more plastic bags.
Where did we get this idea that leaves are unsightly and need to be done away with? When you think about it for a minute it really makes no sense. I appreciate that leaves on hard surfaces are not a good idea so lets sweep them into the flower beds where the mulching provides moisture and nutrition through the harsher winter months.
Once you get excited about the difference it makes to your garden (check out my winter colour!) you get quite greedy for the stuff. I frequently stop on verges as I see people raking leaves into bags and ask them if I can have them. I get a few strange looks (and comments) but most people are too flummoxed to say no! hopefully I leave them with some food for thought.
I am currently just making a big pile with the leaves but if you prefer a slightly neat tidier approach I’ve also made this very simple cage out of wire fencing.
In a few months beautiful quality compost for free!