As the weather turns colder, leaves pile up around the garden and may seem like a nuisance. However, they're actually a wonderfully valuable resource! See how to turn a pile of leaves into gardener's gold by shredding them into leaf mold. Enjoy this advice—and more tips for the yard and garden in today's Companion.
Your Almanac Editors
Dull November brings the blast;
Then the leaves are whirling fast.
–Sara Coleridge (1802–52)
In-Garden Composting When you’re cutting back the yard and garden, make use of all that extra organic matter! Try “in situ composting” or “in-garden composting.”
How to Make Leaf Mold You know how leaves start to decompose in the woods? That’s leaf mold and you can easily turn your own fallen leaves into soil-enriching mulch. It’s way easier than composting. See how to make leaf mold with our short instructions and accompanying video.