Storing dead leaves for spring

dougdecincesOctober 20, 2010

My property is surrounded by about a dozen trees, so right now I'm up to my ankles in dead leaves (literally). I have been using them for all kinds of things: building my compost pile, mulching around some plants, and filling in the walkways around my beds where the straw I had on there originally was starting to decompose. I will also use them to cover my beds over the winter. Still this will leave me with lots of leftover leaves, and I don't want them to go to waste. I was wondering what would happen if I put some leaves in a few garbage bags and stored them in my basement over winter. That way I can use them to refill my walkways and even start another compost pile. Would they still be usable come spring or am I wasting my time?

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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

They should be fine. I'd punch holes in the bags, though. If you make a 3ft circle (or however big you need) of 4ft high vinyl coated wire it makes a handy bin and they'd keep in there as well.


    Bookmark   October 20, 2010 at 10:45PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Meant to include the bin is for storing the leaves outside. The bags would be fine outside as well. Leaf mold is a wonderful resource.


    Bookmark   October 20, 2010 at 10:49PM
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I have kept several garbage bags full of leaves over the winter. They stayed dry and didn't mold.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2010 at 9:50PM
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I wouldn't bring them inside, particularly if I'm punching holes (critters?). Mow them or shred them and then collect? (decreases bulk by about 80% and improves speed of compost). Is your compost pile limited in size so that you can't just add them to the top of the compost? I have a compost pile with leaves and grass mixed, and then I have a bin with just leaves composting "slowly."

Here is a link that might be useful: Garden Musings

    Bookmark   October 28, 2010 at 3:25PM
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