COVERING OUR GARDEN WITH LEAVES FOR WINTER
Winter months can do a lot of damage to your garden soil. By simply using leaves to cover and protect your soil over the winter it will improve your soil while it protects it. The lower leaves on your garden will have started composting down and when you turn all of the leaves under the soil next spring all of the material will compost down during the growing season. Your soil does not dry out and form a hard crust and helps insulate worms in your soil. I call it a win/win since the leaves are re-used and not in a landfill. Compost added to garden soil retains moisture, returns some used minerals and can reduce the amount of water you have to use in hot weather and dry periods. It also helps control weeds next season.
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