The Wedge at 214 Park Avenue

The Wedge at 214 Park Avenue

Monday, November 18, 2013

Autumn Leaves Are a True Gift to the Gardener

Autumn is in full swing and it's a weekend ritual in most neighborhoods: the raking and bagging of autumn leaves. And it is repeated, week after week until, at last, the last leaf has fallen. Leaves are one of the most valued compost materials because they are carbon-rich and small enough to be easily incorporated into the compost and garden beds. At The Wedge we can certainly use them for composting, mulching, make leaf mold or simply hoard them.

Carolina picked up three bags on West Morgan, but we need MORE!

If you have bags of leaves, please drop the off at the garden near the picnic table.

We can create leaf mold. Leaf mold is a wonderful soil amendment that is made from nothing more than fall leaves with the occasional layer of garden soil or finished compost added. The pile sits for about a year, and when it's finished you have the perfect amendment for vegetable and flower gardens, as well as a fantastic addition to potting soils.

Leaves are a great source of "brown," high-carbon material for our compost.

We can use them as organic mulch in flower beds, vegetable gardens, under trees and shrubs, or in containers.

AND WE CAN HOARD THEM!

Brown materials can be hard to come by in spring and summer.  It's much easier to dump a bag of leaves on the compost pile than to stand there shredding newspaper in an attempt to dry out a soggy compost pile!

Cameron Park, Pullen Park, West Morgan neighbors, if you have bags of leaves, please think about donating them to The Wedge Garden located just behind the YMCA at 214 Park Avenue. You can leave them near the picnic table.