With eight huge white oak trees and three hickory trees in our yard and a house that stood empty for over a year there were plenty of leaves when we moved in. Since it was winter we just ignored them! Bet the neighbors appreciated that. Come spring the first order of business was to get all those leaves up. This area is notorious for shallow top soil so all these leaves are in temporary wire compost rings all over the property. The large black bags are also full of leaves that will go into my garden raised beds. I keep adding my coffee grounds and kitchen scraps to the piles as well.
It's hard to garden without topsoil so composting will be a regular chore for many years to come just like at the old place. It takes years to build soil and it is an ongoing endeavor. Luckily there are rabbit and horse farmers around and I see horse manure available regularly. This area is really big on horses. Horse manure will be a last resort because of the weeds though. We have already purchased some rabbit manure until we can get a start on our own. We are also hoping to keep a small flock of backyard chickens for eggs so that will help some with compost material also. Eventually we will build a permanent compost bin but for now these rings will suffice. And this fall will bring on another batch of leaves that we are hoping to be more prepared for.
This picture is not very clear but we have discovered that we also have a large patch of English Ivy that will need to be gotten rid of.
Anyone out there have success eradicating it and want to share their success with me? I know that it is extremely invasive and can damage your house with it's tendrils. Doesn't look like it minds that shallow top soil at all.
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter