It's the most wonderful time fo the year.... (imagine Gardenfaerie dancing and throwing leaves around).
I love putting the garden to rest in fall and I love winter... a time to dream, do indoor sowing, never suffer lower back pain...
Part of my fall hording is getting lots of dry leaves to save for next season's compost bin. (In spring/summer I have way more greens and i always need browns.) I've mulched my own leaves into my current compost... but need more, more, more!
So I've taken to curbside leaf shopping! I just store the yard waste bags in my shed and then add them to compost throughout the season. I especially love how someone else has raked and bagged for me! All I do is shred before putting in the compost and even that isn't technically necessary.