When fall comes, there are a lot of things that humans can feel clearly. The weather is getting cooler and cooler, the changing fall foliage is beautiful too! The old leaves are replaced, they fall in your garden, create dense layers of leaves. And this also becomes a problem that you have to deal with. Don’t worry, in the post today we will give you some great solutions to use instead of throwing out.
Here are 5 great uses for those fall leaves on your homestead that will help your garden and livestock through the long winter. Maybe most of you don’t know fall leaves are a great asset to your homestead, they can add rich nutrients to the garden, be a major source of entertainment as well as comfort for your chickens, make an excellent crop cover with organic material on top of the soil,… For these good reasons, before tossing the leaves, let’s learn how to put them to good use instead!
#1 Bedding for the Chicken Run
Chickens absolutely adore playing in fall leaves. They kick them and search under them for tasty bugs. They love to nestle into them to sunbathe and cozy up in them to lay an egg. When it’s time to remove the soiled leaves from the chicken run, put them into a slow compost pile so they can break down.
#2 Garden Mulch
Garden mulch is essential for the busy homesteader or gardener who just doesn’t have time to weed the garden every week. Mulch is easy enough to lay down, but it can be pricey, especially if you have a lot of gardens! Leaves make excellent fall garden mulch, and for most people, they’re free! To use leaves as mulch, simply spread the mulched leaves on the ground surrounding your plants. The mulch will help to keep weeds at bay and feed your soil at the same time while it slowly breaks down.
#3 Compost Filler
Leaves make for an excellent compost ingredient. When leaves break down naturally on the ground, they supply the trees and vegetation with nutrients while they grow. Mulched leaves break down quickly in the compost, especially when they’re mixed with wet green materials. To use leaves in the compost pile, try making a compost lasagna.
#4 Crop Cover
Leaves make an excellent crop cover with organic material on top of the soil to keep the plants insulated and dormant until spring. They’re free and abundant just at the time that you need to cover your crops. When the springtime does come, simply gently rake the leaves aside and toss them in the compost pile, leaving room for the spring plants to push through the soil.
#5 Leaf Mold
Leaf mold is a powerful soil amendment that makes a great addition to any garden. Fall leaves can be such a burden to deal with, that is until you find out how useful they are on the homestead, then it’s fall leaves to the rescue for every little thing!