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Re: Leaf Collection

Leaf collection can be a breeze Bonnie, unless there's too much breeze!  The
second roundup of leaves I laced on a bed and covered with 6 plastic
tablecoths to keep out the rain while I started working on the first batch
at the compost bins.  I've had to add more rocks an floor mats and anything
else I cna find ro hold them in place as it is almost violently windy today.

Meanwhile, I didn't quite finish shredding the first batch.  When you
collect other people's leaves you've got to keep an eye on what they put in
the piles.  I was being very careful, but it was just starting to get dim
and a big nail went into the shredder which required a certain amount of
dismantling and putting back together.  So I covered up what I didn't get to
and will work on both batches tomorrow when its calmer outside.

It is quite beautiful albeit windy today.  I helped teach the propagation
class today for MGs.  Taking a little time for lunch now and then I have to
go to work.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, October 30, 2004 7:09 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Leaf Collection

> This year, the township came early to collect the leaves before Bill & I
> could get to the neighbors' leaves.  However, we have been blessed with a
> multitude of our own leaves (on the heavily wooded lot) and have one huge
> pile of shredded leaves in the old dog run area.  With the dry spell, Bill
> just put the mower deck up high and gathered them that way, dumping them
> into the chipper/shredder for further volume reduction.  That worked
> More leaves are falling and there is much more yet to fall.  I hope we get
> chance to get them all shredded before the weather no longer permits such
> activity.  Most of what I have now will be spread around different beds
> the "Pet" bed getting the lion's share.  (That reminds me I have to get
> chicken wire to plant the bulbs back there!!!)
> That was a really good idea, Kitty.  The landscaper across the street used
> the same method to gather his leaves this year (which of course he mulches
> himself on his heavily wooded lot.)  In the past, I've hauled the old
> wheelbarrow around, but I like your and Matt's method better!
> Blessings,
> Bonnie
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Of kmrsy@comcast.net
> Sent: Thursday, October 28, 2004 12:11 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: [CHAT] Leaf Collection
> Wednesday am as I left for work my neighbor from whom I always take
> leaves was raking her leaves and putting them in bags for that day's
> garbage pickup. She did so most likely because we were excpecting rain
> which we didn't get. While at work I was thinking about whose leaves I'd
> steal this year since there were none close to me as there had been in
> previous years. There were plenty of leaves piled on grass strips
> adjacent to curbs 2 blocks from me, but that seemed a long distance to
> drag my tarp back and forth.
> So last night I tied my tarp to the back of my Suzuki - and tied a
> second tarp to the first one, rolled the whole thing up into the back of
> the car, closed the gate, went around the block and pulled up alongside
> the leaves. I unrolled the tarp, raked the leaves onto it and then just
> dragged them home. Worked like a charm! The last load I left on the
> tarp, unhitched it and dragged to my compost bins. Minimal effort for a
> bounty of leaves. If it doesn't rain today I'll try for a few more loads
> tonight.
> My only problem is that this is early for me - I haven't yet emptied the
> 12X15 tender plant bed out front. That's where I usually dump the leaves
> and shred them before depositing in final locations. I'll have to work
> on that before I can collect much more. I did check first to be sure the
> shredder will work and it started right up.
> Kitty
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