Leaf mulch, garden paths, compost

This is an archived issue of our Almanac.com Companion email newsletter.

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.

Sincerely,

Your Almanac Editors

Dull November brings the blast;
Then the leaves are whirling fast.

–Sara Coleridge (1802–52)

 

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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.”
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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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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.
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Balsam Fir Draft Stops

They keep the cold out and smell terrific, too! 

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Garden Path and Walkway Ideas
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.
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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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Preparing Your Garden for Winter
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.
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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.

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