Each fall, the garden provides gardeners with a rich base for fertilization. Leaf litter can be put to good use in many ways. Here's why you shouldn't throw away leaves, what they can do for your garden, and how to use them properly.
In this article, we'll look at how to use the fallen leaves for composting with the website bubgo.com.
How to Leaf Litter Works
Fallen leaves contain many nutrients that are beneficial to the soil biota and easy to process. An excellent fertilizer, humus, is obtained from the leaves and is used to feed fruit, berry, and vegetable crops.
Tip: Compost is also made from leaves and does not contain weed seeds, which is important for healthy plant growth and development.
During the fall season, you will need plenty of leaves to make compost. Gardeners collect them from their own garden plots, from parks, and even from neighbors' gardens.
Do not use as fertilizer leaves that have been affected by pests and diseases during the season. If you are unsure of their quality, it is best to fertilize the leaves with a solution of urea (500 grams per 10 liters of water). Oak leaves are used to mulch the soil.
Tip: Do not add maple and oak leaves to your compost pile: they take a long time to decompose. They should only be used to mulch the soil.
In addition, fallen leaves are a suitable element for crop residue warming beds. Leaves decompose quickly and can therefore be placed at the top of a multi-layer bed. If maple or oak leaves are used, they should be placed at the very bottom of the bed along with the residue and hard stems that make up the bottom layer. Deciduous leaves form the top layer of a multi-layered heated bed. The layer of fallen leaves should be covered with a layer of soil and covered with mulch. In the spring, the beds are poured with hot water to start the decomposition process. The warm seedbed is covered with mulching material.
Covering the Bed with Deciduous Leaves
Young seedlings are covered with oak and maple leaves covered with spruce branches so they do not fall apart. Winter crops are also covered with leaves. You can use sticks, branches, spruce boughs, and other available materials to press them onto the garden beds.
In the spring, the mulch is collected so that the bed warms up more quickly in the sun and sent to the compost pile. If there is heavy snow on the site in winter, rodents and pests will not damage the leaf litter. To keep the leaves from flying around, cover them with whatever material is on hand.
How to Make Compost from Fall Leaves
In order to make organic compost, we will need large black bags.
1. The leaves are placed densely inside these, preferably alternating with the soil layer.
2. Then pour the leaves with hot water. When alternating with the soil, sprinkle each layer with water.
3. The layer of fallen leaves should be covered with 1 inch (2.5 cm) of soil. The bag should be packed tightly with leaves.
Of course, you can also use hot water for foliar compost. If in doubt about the quality of the leaves, for example, if they were taken from someone else's garden, treat them with a urea solution in a bucket or watering can by pouring the mixture directly into the bag.
If the weather is rainy, leave the bags of organic fertilizer out in the open for the rest of the season. When it no longer rains, they are tied up and stored.
Tip: Be patient, organic garden fertilizers take quite a long time to be ready. Urea can also be used for leaf composting treatments.
By the end of the second year, the compost will be fully cooked. In the spring, fill the bags with 12-16 inches (30.5-40.5 cm) of soil and plant your pumpkin crop. Zucchini and cucumbers will do well with this compost, and by fall or late summer, you will have good compost.
As the compost rots, it generates heat: the crops planted on it will feel comfortable.
Do you use fallen leaves to fertilize your plants? Please share your experience with other gardeners in the comments!
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