When you’ve gardened hand in hand with nature or when you’re an everyday reader of TendingMyGarden.com you already know the way precious your fall leaves are to your backyard. 

However have you learnt the way in which to make use of them that may most profit your backyard and thus, subsequent 12 months’s crops?

I’m nonetheless within the technique of raking my leaves.

Common Methods Of us Use Their Leaves

Many of us compost their leaves, considering that compost is the magic elixir that ensures success within the backyard.  Definitely it may be useful.  Nevertheless it doesn’t get rid of the necessity for vitality within the soil that uncooked natural supplies present through the decay course of..

Others chop them with the garden mower or weedeater after which apply the finely chopped outcomes to their beds.

Earlier than I knew the data introduced on this publish, Invoice use to go over the leaves with the lawnmower earlier than they had been hauled to the backyard.  I particularly favored these for mulching lettuce beds.

How Do I Know the Greatest Technique to Use  Leaves to Get the Most Profit?

The data used to attract my conclusion comes from the years of analysis completed by notable soil scientist, Robert Parnes. 

This analysis was completed when he ran the soil testing facility at Wooden Finish Laboratory in Maine. 

The specialty of the Lab was to supply suggestions for natural fertilizers. Thus, a lot of the analysis was completed in an effort to know the distinctions amongst natural, inorganic, and artificial fertilizers.

The data he documented is invaluable, however seldom seen despite the fact that it’s obtainable to us to learn totally free on-line.  (I gave far more info on this publish.)

These of us who benefit from this info will know that additional data. And by utilizing it’s going to reap its rewards —  having even larger success in our gardens.

The Most Profit for Your Backyard is Derived from Complete Leaves that Decay in Your Backyard.

Right here’s why:

Natural uncooked supplies cross via a number of phases as they decay.  A singular impact (or contribution) is made to the soil in every stage.

Every stage of decay includes particular soil organisms. If any of these organisms usually are not concerned within the decay course of what they might have provided is then lacking from the soil.

Completed compost (compost that’s completely decayed) provides NO vitality to your backyard soil. Its worth lies solely within the nitrogen and minerals it “could include” which is able to ultimately be obtainable to your crops.

(I used the phrases “could include” as a result of what the compost accommodates will rely on what was used to make it.)

It’s the decay of uncooked natural supplies that add vitality to soil. To get probably the most vitality – you’ll need each stage of decay.

Backside Line to Mr. Parnes’s Years of Analysis

Mr. Parnes famous that when there was controversy about which fertilizers had been finest, these concerned tended to disregard (and belittle) the much more necessary worth of natural residues: which is its contribution of vitality to an agricultural system. 

The vitality from natural residues is required to keep up soil fertility and there’s NO substitute.

Attention-grabbing to Notice

It’s fascinating to notice that lengthy earlier than the chemical trade got here alongside 100 plus years in the past, farmers everywhere in the world used their natural residues to maintain their soils fertile.

Most have misplaced that data due to the vast unfold promotion from that very wealthy trade.

Advisable Studying

I might particularly recommend the next posts to additional increase your understanding of what I’ve coated on this publish.

Organic Residues – The Needed Energy for Soil Fertility



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