I wish I lived somewhere that it snows more frequently. I don't want feet of snow, just a few inches, and I don't want it to last all winter, but I WANT SNOW! I want to see my trees outlined in white and see white lilypadlike spots floating in the creek. Right now there's nothing but leaves, everywhere I look. A blanket of snow would be a nice break from all this brown.
Living in the woods definitely has its perks, but falling leaves is not one of them. As soon as I get the leaf blower out and get the patio, walkways and decks all blown off...here comes another windstorm and the dogs are once again dashing through the leaves, now piled almost as high as their heads (mini dachshunds so still less than knee high, but still) in the areas that I don't attempt to keep blown clear.
I was on Pinterest one night (OK, one year...I don't ever stay logged out for very long) and I saw an easy way to make compost. You just bag up your excess leaves in black plastic bags. Poke a few holes in them and by springtime you will have compost. It will compost faster in sunlight than in shade. So, forover a year I've had black plastic bags piled up beside my garden shed. I finally needed some compost so I went to see how well it had worked for me. As soon as I untied the first one I discovered my fatal mistake. I forgot to put holes in the bags. I still had nice crunchy leaves. Lesson learned. In the corners of some concrete steps where the leaf blower didn't reach, leaves left over from last year have a nice layer of black dirt underneath the new leaves. I would assume that's what I would have had in my black bags if I hadn't been a forgetful doofus. Holes are punched now though, so NEXT spring I expect some compost, dammit. I quite enjoyed jabbing the holes, by the way. It was the bright spot of my day.
It's very pretty having a blanket of leaves in the woods. Fun to walk through, although it makes it difficult to sneak up on wildlife, but during our drought those leaves brought me nightmares. I kept them blown away from the house, but all it would have taken would have been a spark and the woods would have been a charred mess. Luckily, we're getting rain now. As much as we need it, I wish it would let the leaves on the walkways, patio and decks dry out so I could blow them. It's amazing how much a wet leaf weighs.
If you have any spare snowflakes, send them on down. Not too many though. Only enough for some pretty photos in the morning. You can have them back tomorrow, gently used as they say on eBay.
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