Fruit & veg
Fallen leaves in raised bed
Fruit & veg
Hello, I am making a new raised bed for espalier apple tree and some raspberries and it is quite deep about 20 inches.
would it be ok to put a few inches of fallen leaves into it before I put in the compost and top soil?
I can't see it doing any harm, but the weight of soil on top will condense them to a much thinner layer. I think they would be more beneficial spread on top where the worms can pull them down and incorporate them into the soil.
Mow they up with your lawn mower first. Put in whole and compressed they may take years to compost. The people we rented from had a metal sided long rectangular leaf box where they dumped their raked leaves every fall. They encouraged me to dig out as much as I wanted when I started a garden at that house. Some layers had rotted, but most was a solid lump of compressed leaves. Found a number of worms in there.. but it was too solid for many.
I think if you mow them up, mix them around with a few shovels or compost or fork them into the bottom soil.. they will be gone by spring. And your soil will be better for it.