Leaf mulch, garden paths, compost

Daily Newsletter for Friday, November 18, 2016

Dear Almanac readers,

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)


Friday, November 18, 2016
323rd day of the year

David Ortiz (baseball player) was born on this day in 1975.
James Coburn (actor) died on this day in 2002.

What the heck is a Garden Hod?
It was designed to harvest and wash vegetables and fruit easily, but it has hundreds of other uses, too!


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Compost In-Situ

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.”
Almanac 225th Anniversary Thermometer

Designed to resemble a vintage advertising thermometer. Made of metal in the USA. Measures 17” long and includes both Fahrenheit (120⁰ to -40⁰) and Celsius scales.
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Making Mulch From Leaves!

How to Make Leaf Mold
Fallen leaves can be time-consuming to deal with, so don’t waste all that hard work by throwing them out. Use them to make precious leaf mold instead.
Balsam Fir Draft Stops

They keep the cold out and smell terrific, too! 
Designing a Garden Path

Garden Path and Walkway Ideas
Half the enjoyment of a garden is being able to walk through the landscape and get close to nature. Consider a garden path or walkway as a design element.
Almanac Commemorative Coin

Commissioned to celebrate our 225th anniversary. Each coin is individually numbered, part of a limited edition of 1,792, and comes with its own protective display case. Makes a unique gift!
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Garden Prep for Next Year

Preparing Your Garden for Winter
It’s sometimes difficult to motivate yourself to garden when the growing season is over, but there are many reasons you should.
The 2017 Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Calendar

Celebrate by giving a plant that has heart-shaped leaves: Dutchman’s pipe, European wild ginger, ‘Artic Beauty’ hardy kiwi, morning glory, or violet.