Leaves in garden beds?
OK, next stupid question. Usually, I have cleared all the leaves from the lawn and other areas and the garden beds are filled with weeds. Last year, I left the leaves over the winter and cleaned them up in the Spring. In the areas I wanted to plant flowers I noticed that after clearing the leaves, there were few or no weeds. I thought I'd do the same this year but have since planted a bunch of perennials I bought on sale this month. The pamphlet I got from Bluestone's suggests in mulching for winter protection "We not recommend it except for extreme northern gardeners who don't have reliable snow cover ....If in doublt our advice is don't....Many, many more plants are lost to smothering and rotting than to temperature extremes .....Leaves and grass clippings are bad". Maybe leaving the leaves in over the winter was part of the reason I had so much trouble getting things to grow in this space and not such a great idea for this year.
Oh boy, I've been throwing anything organic including leaves and vegetable plants that are done with their production right into the beds and now I find it's bad. Please let me know what you think about mulching and leaves in garden beds over the winter in New England. I still have time to clean up my mess! Thanks.