I used to curse the ancient maple trees on my property. Why? Because they shed a gazillion leaves in October. Clean up meant hiring someone to not only rake the leaves into piles, but to cart them away as well. Little did I know that I was throwing away the greatest natural resource on earth.
Today, after doing considerable research on the merits of composting, and after buying a fabulous gadget called The Flowtron Ultimate Leaf Shredder, my leaves and I have a co-dependant relationship. I take care of the annual raking bill, and in return they provide me with a free source of mulch, and endless quantities of potting formula.
And this is precisely why my thoughts have turned to autumn leaves…in April. I mulched the rose garden with shredded leaves this afternoon, and tomorrow I shall pasteurize a batch of leaf mold, in anticipation of some African violets that need repotting.
Leaves, leaves, beautiful leaves…I hope that you save your own fallen treasures, and use them for all of your gardening tasks, both indoors and out.