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Calming Chores

October 15th, 2014

‘Tis the season for mulch making once again. When the beautiful fall leaves flutter down from their places up high I get out my trusty push mower and start making mulch. It’s a calming chore, something that goes on and one but the mindless of it allows me the time to think. I mow and empty, mow and empty, mow and empty, then I push my wheelbarrow to the place in the garden I’m covering with mulch.
It’s a chore I absolutely love this time of year, it’s time consuming, but it’s rewarding. Not only do you get to see the results of your efforts this fall with beautifully mulched garden areas, but come spring there will be virtually no weeds anywhere. That allows me to spend my spring starting seeds and planting seedlings. It’s also nice to spend as many days in the garden as possible before the snow flies. I also use chopped leaves in my various coops, the chickens/ducks LOVE them and it saves me purchasing litter at the feed store.

Do you use fall leaves as mulch in the garden? 

Making Mulch

November 3rd, 2012

The fall ritual of making mulch has begun. When we came back from Ohio, our trusty mower came with us. Mr Chiots has been out every evening mowing a portion of the lawn and collecting the lawn & leaf clippings. Generally, I’m the one doing all the mulching in the fall, but this year I’m busy planting so Mr Chiots has taken over the task.

When it comes to mulch, this is my favorite kind. Nothing promotes earth worm activity like a mix of grass and leaves. This mix also suppresses weeds in the spring as well, which saves me valuable time. If you put down some rock/mineral dust underneath it, you’ll notice marked improvement in your soil with just one winter. I have found a combination of about 25% grass to 75% leaves to be ideal.

Over the past week, we’ve been mulching like mad, all the walkways in the garden, the foundation borders, the chicken run, etc. Any we have leftover we’ll put in a big pile somewhere for use in next spring and summer. At our previous place in Ohio we didn’t have a ton of lawn and we collected leaves from the neighbors.

We have more than enough of each here, which makes me happy because the less I can bring in from elsewhere the happier I am. I love knowing exactly where everything comes from!

What’s your favorite kind of mulch to use in the garden?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.