Primary Earth-friendly Gardening Tenents:

*Tolerate minimal damage to plants and lawn from pests. *Build and maintain healthy soil by using compost and natural soil amendments. *Use chemicals as a last resort. *Use native plants when possible. They are adapted to the climate, soil and area pests. *Attract Beneficial Insects to increase pollination and decrease harmful pests. *Conserve water by using responsible watering methods.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Leaf Mulching for Garden Beds

 Tonight after work DH mulched more leaves for the garden. The FABulous thing about the Midwest is that there are A LOT of leaves. In the Pacific Northwest we would "steal" leaves from the street and neighbors and hoard them in "leaf bins" for the compost.
 We use an electric leaf blower, a gas blower emits more exhaust than an idling car.
 The leaves are then spread in the garden beds.

 We have several trees of different color around the yard, so it is fun to see the colors line the beds. Along the fence all of the mulch is still red, while along the house the mulch is gold :)
Shredding the leaves allows them to decompose easier.