Use of Natural Compost
(Between DFW and Waco Texas)
I am looking for a forum that has helpful members. My question is about natural compost/oak leaf mulch. Every time I look up compost online - I get info on making a compost bin. Okay, I've got that, but what about the natural compost happening under my oak, elm, and very few pecan trees? Mother Nature takes care of that composting for us.
When I feed the dirt in my 1800 sq ft garden, I use a mixture of 50% what I shovel up from under those trees and 50% shredded oak leaf mulch that I use my riding mower on. I mix that together with a hoe, and spread it 4 inches over my silty/clay/loam garden. I then turned it in using a shovel, wheelbarrow, and hoe. A rotiller would be nice, but I'm broke.
Anyway, my main question is about the usage of the natural mulch/compost of those trees. It is the leaves and tiny sticks of many-many years decaying. What do you think?
MEG: JEAN PAIN IS THE MASTER OF USING NATURAL MULCH, NOT JUST FOR THE GARDEN, BUT ALSO AS A NATURAL ENERGY SOURCE FOR THE HOMESTEAD.