Mulching with dead leaves

Christy BellMay 23, 2010

Can I mulch my vegetable garden with dried leaves? I have bags of them and want to use them in the garden. This is my first garden so not sure how much and when I should put them down - just around the base of the plants, all over the garden, and do I add once all seedling are up and growing? How heavy of a layer?

Thanks! :)

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Christy Bell

Okay - I see this conversation has happened down below on another thread, but still asking "when" I should put it down. It doesn't sound like I need to worry about shredding it, though I may run over it with a lawn mower first, then use leaves this fall to start my mulch for next spring.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2010 at 10:50AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ditnc(7 NC)

It seems to me that if the leaves aren't shredded, they would prevent water from being able to penetrate underneath.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2010 at 10:58AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
organicislandfarmer(9)

You put it down when the seeds have turned into seedlings. Put down 2 -3 sheets of newspaper first and use the leaves to hold it down. Also make sure you protect the tender stem from water by creating a crater around it to collect the water. Shred or no shred it doesnt matter but unshredded may start to stink after a good rain. It will all get shredded eventually when you till the garden for next year anyway!

    Bookmark   May 23, 2010 at 11:03AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
growinidaho

organicislandfarmer, thanks for the info. I plan to put down newspaper for plants and cardboard between rows. And use pine needles and partially composted leaves as mulch but wasn't sure how to put it all together. I used straw only last year but didn't use enough. Hope to get some more this yr. Didn't know about the "crater". You have been most helpful.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2010 at 4:10PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Garden row orientation: east-west, or north-south?
I'm wondering if there is any benefit to orientating...
nick_b79
Growing malabar spinach
I want to grow malabar spinach, but I do not have a...
robert2014 zone 5b
Cutting seed potatoes, what to expect next?
Hi everyone, I just joined. I have a potato question...
Else
Indoor tomatoes large, planting a month away
I started 10 tomato plants in an aerogarden this year...
Anthony
Problem Peas - germination
Can anyone advise me on the best way of getting peas...
Steve Kind
Sponsored Products
Sun Joe Blower Joe 3-IN-1 Electric Blower,Vacuum & Leaf Shredder - SBJ604E
Overstock.com
Deck Lighting: Kenroy Home Alternative Energy 3.5 in. Integrated Outdoor Solar
$49.99 | Home Depot
Sun Joe Electric Leaf Mulcher
Overstock.com
Nova 60' 10-light Low Voltage Mini String Deck,Dock and Path Light
Overstock.com
BioLet Tank Lids Bag 8 Gallon Compost Mulch For Composting Toilets STARTER
$49.27 | Home Depot
Sun Joe 14 amp Electric Wood Chipper and Shredder
Overstock.com
Deck Lighting: Kenroy Home Alternative Energy 2 in. Outdoor Solar String Black
$49.99 | Home Depot
Warrior Tools 196CC Gas-powered Self-propelled Lawn Mower
Overstock.com
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™