Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: mixing fall leaves into spring garden

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Newport News VA
Mar 10, 2018 7:04 AM CST
I have about 10 inches of leaves covering my garden and i don't know if i should move them to my compost bin or mix them with a shovel into the soil. I'll be planting soon and they won't have much time to decompose. Any ideas?
Name: Linda Balster
MN (Zone 4b)
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Mar 10, 2018 8:51 AM CST
Dear yosal,
I turned my leaves, followed by deep till 2 weeks later, one Spring, and what a mess. Every inch of planting space would roll up leaves and start to blow all over, and the seed or plant would not even be touching the earth but lay on a pile of leaves. The leaves were very slow to decompose. I ended up moving to a new garden space, and not much produced in the leaf garden. I would remove them to the compost pile and use it as seasonal mulch where needed, even a weed barrier between the rows would be better than what I tried. Hope this helps.
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