WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEAVES

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Dandy

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WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEAVES
« on: May 04, 2013, 08:58 »
Hi as many of you know we finally got our little plot. Its not in too bad a state as the chap before covered the beds in leaves, now do we rotavate these in or put them in a compost bin? there is a wire box there with a few leaves in the bottom so not sure if we should put the leaves in the wire bin? HEELLLPPP!!! Ta eversomuch.

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Re: WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEAVES
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2013, 09:09 »
You can rotovate them in or take them off and put them in the leaf bin to rot down. A leaf bin, made of wire, as you seem to have inherited, is a very good thing and will make you some lovely leaf mould. It does take a while but it just sits there doing its own thing until one day you find it all crumbly and gorgeous  :D

If the leaf layer (which has been used here as a mulch) is very thick it might be too hard work for your machine to cope with so you might have to lose some of them to your leaf bin

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Dandy

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Re: WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEAVES
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2013, 09:34 »
Thanks for that compostqueen.  :)

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Re: WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEAVES
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2013, 12:56 »
I love leaf mulch on the garden and my tomatoes particularly love it. As said, if spread too thick, it's a bit hard to work the soil, but you can always turn it under or rotovate it in if that's how you like to do it. Never waste leaves, they're valuable.  ;)

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Re: WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEAVES
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2013, 13:03 »
Highly toxic so I would be careful about spraying on things your going to eat unless its just the leaves way before any fruit.

Personally mine just go on the heap

I've tried garlic water as a bug killer not sure if it had anymore success than plain water.
 
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Re: WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEAVES
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2013, 13:13 »
Is your post about rhubarb leaves Ema? (Think you might have replied in the wrong thread.)
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Re: WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEAVES
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2013, 19:00 »
Going back to the original post ---

If you have raspberries or other soft fruit, these leaves will make a great mulch for them. Just make sure the ground is damp before spreading them
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