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Mike McGrath Explains Why You Should Be Leaf Composting

We’ve written about it many times that composting your leaves each fall will do more for your garden than any store bought fertilizer ever will.

Mike McGrath, hosts a weekly radio program on WHYY in Philidelphia called “You Bet Your Garden.” In this Ted Talk, Mike explains why you should compost your fall leaves and not put them out for the trash collection.

If you don’t have time to watch the full video, a summary of Mike McGrath’s talk is below.

Alright folks, gather ’round because we’re diving headfirst into the wonderful world of composting! Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Composting? Isn’t that a spring thing?” Well, think again! We’re flipping the script and embracing fall composting like never before!

Picture this: you’re all jazzed up, ready to save the planet one compost bin at a time. But hold up! Before you start tossing in that kitchen garbage like a composting champ, let’s take a closer look at the game plan.

First off, let’s get one thing straight – composting isn’t just about scoring karma points. Sure, we all want to be eco-warriors, but let’s do it right. No more ending up with a big ol’ pile of unimproved kitchen scraps come summer’s end. Al Gore would not be amused!

Enter the magic of trees! These green giants are the OG solar panels, soaking up those nutrients year-round and showering us with leafy goodness come fall. But what do we do with all those leaves? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!

Forget about endless leaf blowing battles with the neighbors. We’re talking leaf mulch, people! And let me tell you, shredded leaves are the secret sauce to garden success. No more bending over backwards – let’s make yard work a breeze!

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “But do I really need to shred those leaves?” You betcha! Whole leaves are a one-way ticket to mulch mayhem. Trees may be our leafy friends, but they’re also low-key bullies, smothering everything in their path. Let’s show ’em who’s boss and shred those babies!

But wait, there’s more! Once you’ve got those leaves shredded and piled up, it’s time to work some composting magic. Mix in some coffee grounds, grab your trusty rake, and watch that pile cook up some nutrient-rich goodness faster than you can say “compost connoisseur!”

And hey, don’t forget about our wriggly pals, the worms! Those little guys are like the superheroes of the composting world, turning kitchen scraps into nutrient-packed worm castings. It’s a win-win for your garden and the planet!

So there you have it, folks. Embrace the fall composting frenzy, shred those leaves like there’s no tomorrow, and let’s turn that kitchen waste into gardening gold! Together, we’ll compost our way to a greener, happier planet. Thank you and happy composting! 🌱🍂🌎 Applause, please! 🎉