making the most of our bounty of leaves for soil-building

We have a leaf service to shred our leaves and put them in place around the landscape: under the blackberries, over the dormant asparagus bed, around the base of trees and in flowerbeds. We use horse and sheep manure from friends to mix with the shredded leaves. At the end of the season, we have excellent compost produced in place, like strip composting.

With the addition of free coffee grounds from Starbuck’s, we can improve soil tilth, add to fertility and change hydrangea color from pink to blue.