There’s life after raking – black gold is what it’s called, that pile of leaf compost. If space is at a premium, leaves can be overwintered in plastic bags. The composting process will be speeded up if the leaves are shredded and this will also reduce the storage space needed.
In the spring when plants are up several inches, leaves are forked into the wheelbarrow and spread between the rows throughout the entire area. Added benefits are weed control, moisture maintenance and the leaf litter allows you to walk in the garden after heavy rains without getting muddy or overpacking the soil.
In fall, tilling them into the garden provides much needed humus. Recycling has its rewards!
– Eva Krawchuk writes from Winnipeg