“Great American Rake-off — November 14”

Our great crew of volunteers turned out for the “Great American Rake-off”. We raked and bagged the leaves in the Demonstration Garden. Some of those bags will be used as a “cold frame” which will over winter our potted plants. We will place bags around the outside and over the top of grouped pots, and they will be ready for our “Dug and Donated” section of the Annual Plant Sale.

We will leave open some the bags of leaves and keep the leaves moist so that in a couple of years we will have leaf mold. The long time frame is due to the presence of cottonwood and oak leaves which have a lot of lignin and take longer to break down. The rest of the bags of leaves will be recycled into mulch. Viva the leaf – and our wonderful volunteers!

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