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I’m back to blogging after a period of not. We are leaving my frozen garden…


for a 12 day trip to Japan to see the leaves change color in the temple gardens and hills around Kyoto. And maybe I’ll be able to buy a can of hybrid pumpkin seeds. 

Some more kitchen scraps, potato peels, garden scraps, cow manure and black dirt are layered on one of this years composts. 

  
  
Top it off with leaves and it’s ready for two years of fermentation.  

It has been cold and the ground froze pretty deep. Now it has warmed up again, and I can rake leaves while I wait for the ground to thaw out enough to finish digging. 

 
I can never get enough leaves. They are great for the garden – mulch, leaf mold, worm food, composting, protection around plants, etc. 

The third crop circle is harvested, cleaned out, dug, turned over and leaved.

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There is one more crop circle that needs some digging, tarps to go up and leaves to rake before everything freezes.

We are expecting more warm weather for the next 10 days, so I shouldn’t have any trouble getting the garden fully winterized, plus a little extra.

The autumn leaves fall, get raked and then moved.

Most are placed in the compost area – on the piles, some in between to keep the weeds down and more waiting for future piles.

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As worm food for the winter in the newly tilled crop circle.

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For warmth and protection around bushes.

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In the end there not much left but fiber, minerals and trace elements, but that’s good. Very good for soil fertility and tilth.

The autumn leaves have fallen.

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The whole family (almost) is now raking them up.

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We rake up all the leaves we can to put on the compost and to use as weed smothering mulch and worm food. They are a very valuable resource. The more the better.

We have maple, oak, birch, lilac, pear, apple, plum and cherry trees that contribute. It usually takes weeks to rake them all up, often not done until spring. Today, with all the help, we got more than half the work done already.

Then the wind came and blew it away.

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Actually, I took the tarp off, because the wind was flapping it furiously and driving me crazy. I thought it might take off and fly away. I’ll put it back on the next time it rains. It did function well the last couple of wet days.

The wind is also blowing all the autumn leaves off the trees, so I can get busy raking them up for the compost.

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Lots of leaves to rake.

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And put on the compost. The whole area gets covered.

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The dirt in one crop circle is now dug and turned over. The sunflowers are left for the birds. I feel quite satisfied.

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Some people think this looks naked – that the ground should always be covered, but it doesn’t bother me. I like the tilth that comes from the clay freezing. This garden, however, was so cleaned up before turning that I started to feel sorry for the worms.

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So I raked up and threw out a couple of wheelbarrows of leaves for the worms. It looks kinda nice too.