I'm envious. While cleaning out my backyard when I first moved here I found
black plastic bags that someone had used to gather weeds/leaves and
forgotten about. I opened them up and discovered real treasure. Every year
I wished I had enough leaves to compost this way buy I need them all to
cover my shade garden.
Yes, I did that a couple of times until I came home with bags of leaves that
were filled with garbage (plastic, metal, etc.) ... I'm not sure if I'm
willing to risk going through that fun again (I was not paying attention as
I dumped bag after bag before looking at what I was dumping out). Until the
town changed its policy and started insisting on people putting their leaves
in bags I would go to the near neighbors and take all the leaves they had
put on the curb, rake them onto a tarp and pull them into my yard. I loved
my neighbor that was foolish enough to rake the pine needles up from under
his trees and put them on the curb. When the city would do spring and fall
pickups of whatever lawn matter you put on the curb people would put entire
plants out. My best curbside pickup was dozens of hostas that a woman
decided weren't what she wanted under her tree (she thought impatiens would
look better - they couldn't compete with the tree roots and were a complete
failure). Some days it amazes me what people throw out. My yard is filled
with these treasures. Everything from a dozen glorious spirea to several
full grown azaleas. I think these are my favorite plants because I saved
them from a sure death. DKat
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