Monday, October 28, 2013

Leaves , leaves and more leaves

Lovely as they are, I've been raking them up every day. Not waiting till they get cold , wet and heavy . Most of my plants hate being smothered . And the bulbs won't care for it ether.

A little session of gentle raking every day, must be healthy 

  
Not easy to get around all the succulents though, with out ripping them out.




The Norwegian Maple leaf , every year I curse these leaves ... but I  do make plenty of leaf mold  . So far I've  filled two HUGE, HUGE bags . That with last years collection , which has broken down quite nicely. I should be able to spread it around the garden in Spring. 

Getting the leaves out of the Rhododendrons is a first this early, I always wait too long , they borrow deep   inside. Then I end up getting frustrated with trying to pull them out resulting in  a mass of broken branches.


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  1. I have quite a haul of leaves out there too, smothering some of my plants. Just one more chore hanging over my head, that is going to have to wait till my back heals.

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    1. Alison, You'll have to envite us all around for a planting and leaf raking day!

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  2. Thanks for the reminder...I need to bundle up and head out there today to clean up before the rains start and things get mushy. Of course the leaves in my garden just look ugly...yours are beautiful!

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    1. Lori, looks like a sunny day for it! Long may it last.

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  3. You're smarter, and more diligent...and no doubt healthier than I am. But I promise not to hate you when out there shlepping wet masses of leaves.

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    1. Ricki, In a way it's better to collect them wet for composting in bags, I'll have to wet mine down or leave the bag open for the rain.

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  4. Our sidewalks are starting to really get deep with leaves...I'm hoping the dry weather holds out until this weekend so I can rake some of them up...fingers crossed!

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  5. You are such a good plant mom. I use a leaf blower to gently blow the leaves off of my plants and onto the lawn where I go over them with my mulching mower.

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  6. oooh...I've got both those power tools Peter !

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