Gathering leaves out of the woods
With the driveway still
impassable and the blueberries in need of mulch, I decided to
rake some leaves out of the woods. I'd been eying a spot
on the southwest corner of our property for years since beech and oak
leaves accumulate there in deep drifts. I figured the most
time-consuming portion of leaf gathering was the gathering part, so I
headed to my remembered spot with our two huge chicken waterer mailing bags.
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The leaf drifts didn't
disappoint. In fact, I scared a flock of turkeys who had gathered
on the hillside for a similar
reason (although they were scratching through the leaves for
invertebrates rather than snagging the leaves themselves.) In a
matter of minutes, I had stuffed both bags so full they were bulging
against the seams. Then I picked one up...
...Or rather, tried to pick one up. Who
knew that a bag full of compacted leaves would be so heavy? With
a bag on each shoulder, I struggled up to the top of the hill, and then
ended up dragging the leaves back down the other side. (Not good
for the bags --- I won't be repeating that part, but no way was I going
to leave my organic matter behind.)
last third of the way was on level ground with lots of logs to cross,
so I had to leave one bag behind and come back for it later. As I
walked through the woods closer to home, I noticed smaller drifts, and
resolved that my next leaf gathering expedition would be here ---
clearly I was wrong about raking being the most time-consuming part of
But I forgot all the
pain and agony as I spilled leaves out onto my blueberry patch.
Each big bag held the equivalent of at least four of the trashbags full
of leaves Mom gathered for me on the curb. Since I've lined
each blueberry bed in logs, I have high hopes the
leaves will stay put (rather than blowing away), and I'm sure my
blueberries will enjoy the the dose of micronutrients.