Time to Make More Leaf Mold
It's that time of year again. We'll be starting about 5 more leaf mold bins this weekend. Raking up the leaves is the fun part for me. There's just something peaceful about raking leaves on a cool fall day.
Last year's leaf mold bins will be emptied and the finished leaf mold will be taken from the bottom of the pile. What was left on top that hadn't broken down yet will go in the bottom of this year's bins. We harvest quite a bit of leaf mold yearly from each bin. Most of it will go into the vegetable gardens, but I do reserve some for the nursery beds. When we moved here, I realized that when I dug a garden bed I hit either sand or clay. There seems to be no in between. I knew the soil would need a lot of preparation for any plants. And I knew leaf mold would be our best bet for getting the garden beds into shape. With all of the freely available leaves that fall in autumn, it just made sense.