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Experimental load of leaf mulch/compost

leaf compost truck load 2011

We're trying a new product from the city of Bristol.

It's made from decomposed leaves and it looks and feels like a quality product.

We paid a little over 50 dollars for just under 2 tons, which might end up being cheaper than bales of straw depending on how it socializes with the garden.

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My garden guru friend liked her load so much this spring that she's headed down to get another one. I'm excited that it's made out of lawn clippings and autumn leaves from the city's trash pickup --- yes, there could be some chemicals in there, but there are also bound to be lots of micronutrients that the trees picked up deep in the soil.
Comment by anna Fri Jun 3 16:49:07 2011
That stuff can be exactly what a garden needs. I have used it to help start some beds, and they do quite well...and my brother used quite a bit of it to set up his very productive beds.
Comment by Geoffrey Fri Jun 3 21:46:05 2011
This stuff is technically mulch, although I'd almost call it compost myself. If it wasn't an hour's drive to get to it, I would be getting masses of it!
Comment by anna Sat Jun 4 11:20:24 2011

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