I am starting a Raised Garden for the first time this year about 4′ x 12′. I have plenty of composted leaves, some from 4-5 years ago. I collect leaves. In-depth advice about using fallen leaves in your vegetable garden. Lasted until the leaves lost their loft and were hauled off to the compost pile. An ideal substitute for peat moss, leafmould does a great job of retaining. Cover cold-hardy vegetables—such as carrots, kale, leeks, and beets—and you’ll be able to harvest them all winter. Boost Your Compost Pile: Carbon-rich leaves balance high-nitrogen compost ingredients such as fresh grass clippings.
Improve Your Soil: Mix shredded leaves right into your garden. But leaves have long been a treasure for the gardeners: easily available, rich in nutrients, an effective mulch in winter and summer and, once decomposed, extremely beneficial to the soil. But making leaf compost isn’t as easy as piling up a bunch of leaves and spreading them in the garden the following spring. It was long believed that leaves would raise the ph to the acid side, not always good for vegetable gardening, but this idea has been debunked.
Recommended thicknesses of mulch layers: 2-3 inches for deciduous shrubs and trees, vegetables, and rosebeds; 3 inches for flower beds; and 3-4 inches for shallow-rooted, acid-loving plants. Leaf compost may also be used in potting soil. However, no more than 25 to 30% of the potting soil should be leaf compost. Small pieces of leaves or other ingredients may be visible. If the compost contains many materials which. Compost is great for flower gardening, herb gardening, organic lawn care and vegetable gardening. Compost serves primarily as a soil.