Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Green Motivation Monday on Tuesday - Compost Fall Leaves

Before I begin the post, I want to apologize for being a day late.  I have had to work extremely long hours this week, so I have not had my usual free time in the evenings.  

This post is part of the 
Green Motivation Monday series.  The purpose of these weekly posts is to offer motivation to take a small baby step in the green and eco-friendly direction.  Of course, I will be taking the step right along with you.  I will let you know how I did and I hope you let me know what you were able to accomplish.

Motivation: Compost the dried leaves in your yard.  

Whether or not you currently have a compost pile or compost bin, you can still compost those leaves into beneficial soil that can be added to your garden or outdoor plants.  Find an area in the back of your yard or behind a shed and start piling up leaves. 

My husband and I bought plastic garden fence and several posts, which we used to create a few compost piles.  The fence and posts help the pile look neater since it's contained (although we've had so many grass clippings and leaves that the two-part system is overflowing). 


Unknown said...

Excellent! I live in an apartment and grow veggies in containers. Each year, in the fall, I convert all of my planters into compost bins. We gather up leaves to use in the bins and to spread around the few plants that spend the winter outside. It works great. My compost bins house worms and they love the dried leaves. In the spring I have nutrient-rich soil for growing. And the great thing is that I never have to buy dirt. :-) So even people who live in apartments or small spaces can compost those leaves.

Unknown said...

I love the idea of using the planters for compost bins. We dump extra leaves in the raised garden bed, which also helps to keep that soil nutritious.

Are your compost bins with worms the planters or something different? I've been thinking about worm bins, but not sure how to do it without spending a lot of money for the setup.

Laura O in AK said...

Thanks for linking this up to the Curious hop. We do some composting (leaves and some grass clippings), but I miss the full scale stuff we used to do in Ohio. I'm just not willing to attract any bears in my backyard by composting other things.

I hope you'll join us again next week.

Laura O in AK

Unknown said...

Laura - do the bears dig in the compost? We have a variety of wildlife (in the middle of the suburbs) including deer, squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, and groundhogs and I've never had either dig into the compost. I bury the food scraps inside so the animals don't smell it.

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