I look a little like Santa creeping around the yard with a big black sack thrown on my back. Wonder why no one ever told me before that you can compost all those leaves in your yard with a couple of simple steps? Jane Loveless, one of my garden mentors, announced that we are throwing out the baby with the bath water by bagging our leaves and leaving them on the curb to be hauled to the landfill.
You can easily turn those bags of leaves into rich organic soil by spring by taking a few simple steps. While filling the bag be sure to incorporate some green stuff such as grass clippings or chopped pine needles to provide some nitrogen. Stomp them down really well then add a gallon of water.
Punch a few holes in the bag with a knife, tie up with twine, and you’re cooking, baby. Come spring it will be black gold.and save you the cost of all those bag of Black Cow you’ve been buying at the Co-op. I can’t wait to get out there today and mop up. I might even cruise around the neighborhood and steal a few bags my unsuspecting neighbors have pitched to the curb. Just call me the “Bag Lady.”
You’ll need to flip the bags a few times over the next several months to mix things up a bit and speed the composting process. Otherwise ignore them until you’re ready to do some spring planting. Each bag will have broken down into a gallon or more of dark, crumbly compost. If they haven’t all broken down, not to worry. Just toss in a shovel of dirt, a little water and within two weeks, it will be ready to troweled into the garden beds.