When you rake your yard in fall, don't throw the leaves away in trash bags. Spread them over the garden spot and wet it down. When you till the yard in spring, till the leaves in. It makes free mulch nutrients for the plants as leaves will decompose.
By Dee C.
You may want to consider putting something on top of leaves to prevent them from blowing away. I was able to get wood chips free from a tree service. A scattering of wood chips has done the job. Consider doing Ruth Stout style gardening. She even published a book on the subject. She does not till her garden. She pushes the mulch to the side when she plants and lets it mulch the new plant. Any time she got new weeds, she just covered them with more mulch.
Oak leaves are especially good for evergreens, such as pines and even rhododendrons and azaleas.
We put our leaves into the dark green garbage bags (heavy duty ones) and then store them at the back of the property behind some bushes for a couple of years. When I open them up in the spring, the leaves have composted and can be dug into the garden.
I do "lasagna" gardening. Using the fallen leaves right on top of the rows of the garden. You don't till them in. They just form one of the layers of the garden. When you are ready to plant in the spring you just move the forming compost aside and plant and pat in. This form of gardening is building up the hard clay soil in my area. It works.
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