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Hard work over two afternoons

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Last Autumn I gathered enough leaves from the neighbouring trees and those along the road, the ones that aways blow into the front garden, to fill three black sacks.

The contents of the bags were emptied out two days ago, nicely rotted down into leaf mould, something I haven’t bothered to do since giving up the allotment a few years ago.

I only have one composter now, the black Dalek style, and have been filling it with prunings from shrubs, spent flowers, fruit and vegetable peelings, a small amount of grass cuttings, card, inner tubes of loo rolls and the occasional layer of garden soil.

Over the course of two afternoons, I have filled the wheelbarrow eight times with the contents of the bin, got right down to the gravel only to find something just starting to grow through!

I’m pretty sure it’s the roots of an old Kerria shrub my neighbour used to have by the boundary fence. Not really a problem, just hard work to remove the stuff!

So, the borders have now been given a top dressing of leaf mould, mixed with home made compost which should act as a soil improver over Autumn and Winter.

While I was sweeping the patio I noticed a few leaves falling from the tree next door . . . so it will be soon be time to gather them up and start all over again!

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Hi Shirley, we did exactly the same last Autumn...filled 4 bags with leaves...emptied them yesterday and found wonderful rotted down mulch...Will be so good for the roses.
Your sedum look very pretty.

11 Sep, 2021

 

I did this a few years ago and I remember the wondeful mulch I had the following autumn. Thank's for reminding me Shirley. I might have try and do it again this year. As I'm surrounded by woodland here, it should be easy to do. The sedum you sent me is almost ready to flower... I'll try to remember to post a pic for you. :-))

11 Sep, 2021

 

Well done Shirley. In my ignorance, I hadn’t realised that you could get a composter to do the work … brilliant!

11 Sep, 2021

 

M'land Julia, I have found a place to tack them that isn't in the way so will do the same this year. The Sedum in the middle photo originally came from GoY member Scottish. She hasn't been on here for some years though.

Waddy, Julia (!) brilliant to have woodland close by. Our neighbour has a huge Beech tree, a Cherry tree and there are Plum trees and a massive Eucalyptus growing over and along our road at the front so plenty of choice!

Sheila, are you thinking the leaf mould was made in the 'Dalek' bin? I wish it were, but no, I swept up many leaves and put them into black sacks to rot down.

11 Sep, 2021

 

Good idea,Shirley....much better than buying compost....here it feels so friable.

12 Sep, 2021

 

I see I have found a place to 'tack' them! Obviously that should have been 'stack'. A little Robin followed me around while I was spreading . . . happy little thing!

12 Sep, 2021

 

Great job and a lot of hard work and exercise, Shirley! We’re you shattered or invigorated???
It’s a great idea buying the Dalek bin - love the name you’ve chosen, very apt!
We’ve several garden bags down one side of our house - waiting on the leaves decomposing..
You’ll have lots of fresh lovely compost for your garden and having a little friendly robin following you around..well, it adds to the gardening delight!

12 Sep, 2021

 

Kate, I was wide awake when it came to bedtime and feel fine today so it obviously did me a power of good! Michael helped me this morning with a fairly tough gardening chore (see blog just published!) so it has been a busy and productive past three days.

By the way, the Robin has been coming in and out of the neighbours Bay tree all morning, so I know where it's nesting now . . . :o)

12 Sep, 2021

 

You definitely have been ‘on the go’ non stop! It’s a very rewarding feeling isn’t it! I can imagine your were feeling wired at bedtime! I’ve just been reading your blog, I shall pop back on to post a comment. Lovely to have the little robin nesting nearby too, especially as you can see where he/she is! 😊

12 Sep, 2021

 

All looking very neat, Shirley. You've reminded me that the dreaded 'leaf time' is upon us. Our 2 large horse chestnuts opposite the house all seem to manage to deposit all their leaves on the side bed at the front of the hose, usually inches deep! An annoying chore over many days clearing it up..

12 Sep, 2021

 

I emptied all my bins and the leaf mould earlier in the year so I haven't any ready yet to mulch my garden this time around, I have started both bins again, I was considering buying a bag of improver to put around my roses, its all decisions isn't it Shirley, one of my bins has always been known as the Tardis, lol....

13 Sep, 2021

 

I emptied most of my 'Dalek' bin earlier in the year too, my borders seem to have appreciated,and it shows :o) I add the same as you do to yours,and turn it regularlywith a three pronged fork,which is so useful,and lightweight,so even I,can get right to the bottom of the bin. It's
three quarters full already,and still lots to add,so I had better get turning again ! Well done on your Excercise regime,Shirley.,the best one I know. The equivalant of 'The Green Goddess' has a whole new meaning for Gardeners Lol. x

13 Sep, 2021

 

Anget, do you keep them for leaf mould or bin them in annoyance!!

Sue, I love the idea of the Tardis! While the bin contents were decomposing the last few weeks, I was putting stuff created from the kitchen and garden waste into garden bags, so when the Dalek was empty I had already stuff to start over again. Amazing how much accumulates in a few weeks!

Sandra, I think perhaps I should invest in a three pronged fork, sounds easier than putting a big fork or spade in and trying to turn it!

13 Sep, 2021

 

When leaves fall on a bed why not just leave them there? They will rot and be taken down by the worms. Blackbirds and thrushes will have a lovely time turning them over looking for grubs, any germinating weeds will be smothered and you will have saved yourself some work - and there will be no need to spread the compost next year as it will be there already... Think how lovely the soil in a woodland is.
We moved into a newish house with terrible soil in the front garden. I just spread the lawn mowings on it in the autumn. By the following year they had all disappeared and the soil was vastly improved. I didn't notice any signs of nitrogen deficiency.
Idleness is no use unless its well carried out...

13 Sep, 2021

 

It's worth considering,Shirley.It really is much easier,and lighter to manage,especially in the Compost bin. I also use it to fork over the borders,and with it being narrow,it's ideal for getting in between shrubs etc..

13 Sep, 2021

 

Sue, I understand where you're coming from but, as I find the leaves harbour far too many slugs and the birds never seem to find all of them, I'm more than happy to gather the leaves.

Thanks Sandra, I shall have a look on-line to see what's available and then buy from a shop or garden centre. Hmm, I have a £20 voucher to use . . . :o))

14 Sep, 2021

 

Shirley,if you type in long handled 3 pronged garden fork, there is a good choice online.. just been having a look this morning.these are similar to the one I have..Mine must be 30 years old at least,and has a wooden handle..It isn't heavy,but it looks like there are some lighterweight models now..but ,back in the day ! Lol.x

14 Sep, 2021

 

Well done Shirley! I bet that was back breaking!
I wish I could compost here , but have to keep gravel round all the borders to keep the fox off!

14 Sep, 2021

 

So sorry to hear about beautiful Megan's passing, she must have had a glorious life. I gathered 2 bags of leaves last winter, emptied onto my new raspberry canes this spring, weed suppressants it seems, and gorgeous raspberries to boot. So I may offer to clear neighbours lawns, well one or two, trouble is, my lawn hoover is powered so I'll have to do it by hand 😏

14 Sep, 2021

 

Rose, have you not yet managed to deter that wily Fox? I was awakened at stupid o'clock one morning recently by the awful sounds of Foxes . . . just hate that noise!

17 Sep, 2021

 

Walesgirl, well done.

17 Sep, 2021

 

It's good to make compost and leaf mould, the garden benefits from it, I do the same :)

17 Sep, 2021

 

Hywel, at least when I put my home made stuff on the borders I know what it contains! I had to sift through a bag of bought-in compost once to remove all the solid bits of wood and stone . . . I guess it's one way to get the weight of the bag correct! :o(

18 Sep, 2021

 

Pleased to say that after turfing out Tardis into the other bin, which I like to do twice a year, plus I was bored at the time, lol, I was left with enough good stuff to add to the garden, now I don't need the improver my own was better and was free..

18 Sep, 2021

 

I've even found bits of plastic in bought compost Shirley :(

19 Sep, 2021

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