Adding leaves to soil
Hi, I'm new to this site and have a question.
I started vegetable gardening again last year. For the last 5 years or more, the area has been covered in black plastic and wood chips to keep it from turning into a weed patch.
My results last year were far from desired. I'm revamping it to a version of square foot gardening. The area is raised about 6 inches, and extends 6 foot out from my house on the south side, and about 30-40 feet long. I have 2 of the 4 foot wide sections done, did them last fall.
When I redid them, I trench dug, filled the trench with leaves and turned the dirt from the next trench over the leaves. I plan to do the same with the rest of the sections this spring. I also added peat moss and perlite.
My question is, do I need to add anything extra to the soil to accomodate for the leaves decomposing in the soil? I understand decomposing material depleats the soil of nitrogen? Would alfalfa pellets be a good option?
I've not had the soil analyzed, I'm wondering if those meters work, or if I should get one of those kits that involves a liquid? I've never tested my soil before, and used to get fantastic results in this location.