Homesteading Hack #3 – Free Carbon for your Compost Available Now!

By Margot Meredith

Autumn is my favourite season, partly because of the splendour of the leaves on deciduous trees.

On our COVID-19 walks we’ve collected bags of fallen leaves that might otherwise have gone down stormwater drains to pollute waterways, and instead used them to enrich our garden soil as mulch or as a compost ingredient.

To make compost, we mix grass and garden prunings with leaves, newspapers, rainwater and coffee grounds in the bin shown.

Then we stir in some air using our corkscrew-type tool to produce sweet-smelling, nutritious and free compost to use on our garden.