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Falling Leaves


We have had our first lot of heavy rain today, the most rain we have had all year really; but it did stop for a couple of hours this afternoon and I decided, that after taking a walk, I would rake up the leaves from the lawn.

I suspect that this will be the first of many rakings, as the Willow and Cherry trees hang on to their leaves quite stubbornly.  And, as the weather hasn't really been cold to date, I think it's going to be a long wait.


I don't have room for a leaf bin as yet, so I put them in pierced plastic bags, water them well and tie them up.  Last years' rotted down really well and were put to use as a mulch.


But I would like to have more - I only collect one large bagful from my own garden - but I should like to have enough to be able to mix the rotted leaves in with potting compost.  So, dare I go out into the street with a shovel and a bag and collect what I need, without feeling foolish?

I know in some parts of the village where leaves collect, they cause quite a problem blocking the drains, perhaps I should put on a fluorescent jacket and pretend I am from the Council.

The lengths I am prepared to go to for my garden - I don't know - I think I want my head testing!

Photo source:  Pinterest

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  1. Would collecting leaves from the streets not be applauded as a neighbourly thing to do?

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  2. Gode billeder.
    Jeg er også i gang med at rive bladene væk. De bliver smidt over mine potteplanter der står til overvintring.
    Tak for kigget.

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  3. I think you owe it to the neighborhood to keep those drains free of leaves. LOL!

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  4. Nice pictures. I also raked leaves today.
    Happy Holidays!

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  5. I think raking up local leaves would class as community service, I say go for it!

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  6. My mother did collected leaves (and horse manure) from the street all the time. My sister and studiously ignored her... well we were teenagers at the time!

    From experience you can never have too much leaf mould, Elaine.

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  7. I have done that -- gone down to a neighbor's with a bin and rake. The neighbor did give me a funny look, but was perfectly willing to let someone else do his raking!

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  8. I think going out into the street to rake up leaves perfectly normal :)

    But then we have plenty of them round here!

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  9. Very well done...I am trying to figure out what to do with the leaves in my front door...

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  10. The leaves have only just started to fall around here. I'm sure we have many weeks of raking leaves ahead of us. I'm sure you'll collect plenty for your garden!

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  11. I love the colors in your fallen leaves...beautiful! Although I like the changing colors on leaves, but it is a chore to rake them.

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  12. Hahaha! I chuckled at the idea of wearing a florescent jacket so you could collect leaves! It seems like no one would mind if you collected leaves from streets or parks; I think it's a brilliant idea!

    Have just 'found' you from the Happy Homemaker UK blog.

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  13. Of course you can! When I was younger, growing up in Kenya, we used to collect Elephant, Rhino, deer etc droppings! To this day, walking in a field there is always the temptation to take something home for the roses.... So by all means, collect as many as you can from around! Am sure it will be much appreciated by all.

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  14. Go for it! Those leaves are a valuable soil conditioner.

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  15. Hello Elaine,

    Thank you for your visit to my blog.

    We appear to be of the same mind here! I don't feel quite 'brave' enough to do it although I'm sure we would be performing a civic duty.

    Jeanne
    x

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  16. I would definitely get those street leaves. It's a public service of the first order! Just smile when you do it and you'll be fine.

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