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Self-mulching garden!

The large sycamore tree in our garden has shed all its leaves now . Loads have fallen on our fruit area giving it a nice extra layer for the Winter. This is like a duvet for the plants and will give protection against hard frosts.

In time the leaves will rot down and become part of the food circle for the following year’s growth. This mulch also provides Winter shelter for benificial insects like millipedes and beetles. Leaves that fell on paths have been collected and put into black plastic bags . These will take about a year to break down and can then by dug into cultivated areas or used as mulch. If you are going to bag up your leaves do make sure they are wet as they will not break down if too dry. Extra nitrogen also helps them break down quicker. We all have a good convenient supply of this in the form of urine.

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