Amending Leaf Compost
In my vegetable garden and flower beds I've been using city recycled leaves that are composted into what seems to end as soil without any mineral content. I do not see it as mulch. At first I used it to amend my hard clay/sand mix structure of my soil (original soil was old worked farmland and then the home builders got to it) and then I just replaced this with about a two foot layer of this organic material using it like topsoil. The worms and plants love it, but it can become compacted if stepped upon (even more after its wet) and a good portion of it will dry out quickly, if not protected from the sun becoming loose. My main concern is compaction; thinking that since it is mostly all organic I could mix some sand in it,adding mineral content which might help ease compaction. I also thought about using wood chips and bark mulch to help change its structure. I have used fall leaves and worked that into my vegetable garden's soil with no change. Any suggestions on amending?