Neal ... thanks for the confirmation.
I cannot create enough compost or mulch anywhere on my property for the whole garden ..
To get the wood chips that you had dropped off, I have to go to the utility company's chipping pile and bag the chips up and haul them home and then haul them up to the garden levels.
The leaf mulch isn't holding up through the season since the beginning of the drought .... so, I, too, was delighted to see Frank's article. Will power only goes so far and I don't give up easily.
I price alfalfa hay at the feed store and they are charging $20.00 a bale. YIKES ! So, I am going to have to use straw, which is $11.00 a bale. The feed store is in town, so I don't have an hour on the road to get leaves from a friend's property.
Smoke is heavy today, so I'll get a few minutes outside at a time today. No, multitasking. I will go get some straw tomorrow and start re-mulching the garden.