Put aside a few bags of chopped leaves for next year’s compost pile.  Source: katob427.com

Don’t use all your fall leaves as mulch… and most certainly don’t put them out with the trash’! Put some aside, shredded if possible, in plastic bags (garbage bags are ideal). You’ll need them!

Next spring and summer, your compost will be filling up with green organic material (weeds, kitchen scraps, grass clippings, etc.). However, to properly break down, compost requires an approximately equal share of green and brown materials and brown materials are in short supply in summer. However, with a good supply of saved-up dead leaves, you’ll be able to “feed” your compost right through until next fall!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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