composting leaves

The leaves of one large maple tree can be worth as much as $50 when composted. Pound for pound, the leaves of most trees contain twice as many minerals as manure. So, if you are in the city and looking for a great source of good quality soil, look no farther than the falling leaves, of which there are plenty in our city of trees. The mineral content of a sugar maple leaf is over five percent and contains calcium, magnesium, nitrogen and phosphorus, plus other trace elements.

How to convert all of those fallen leaves into compost?   Just like following a step by step recipe for great cookies,  following this  simple recipe for soil will lead to great compost.

Layer in a bin or place in a pile the following:

1. Shredded or ground leaves.

2. Mix four parts ground leaves with one part manure or kitchen compost (uncooked vegetable and fruit scraps)

3. Turn the pile once a week and you will have great soil in approximately 6 weeks.   Turning, or digging up the pile and shifting it around the bin adds oxygen.  In the spring,  Turning a heap made of shredded leaves is not difficult because the compost is light and fluffy.

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