Ballan is a lovely town. It has streets lined with many deciduous trees. From my internet searching they appear to be Ash and Pin Oak and, given that it is autumn, they are dropping their glorious red, yellow and brown leaves all over the place.
Now I’m not one to consider leaf litter under trees to be unsightly. In fact I tend more towards the thinking that fallen leaves look fabulous! Just how nature intended. 🙂 I kind of like how they do their level best to smother out mono crops of lawn too but hey, I tend towards thinking like that. 😉
However, not everyone thinks the same and so, in the interests of a community service, a friend and I have organised to meet up as some ridiculous time SUNDAY morning to rake Ballan clean of all those horrid leaves falling down and leaving a mess. 😉
What we intend to do with those leaves is dispose of them in a manner that is environmentally conscious and responsible. We plan to compost them! 😀
Ok, I think I’ve just outed myself. No community service intended here and with permaculture thinking the community service would be to leave them to return to the soil where they fall but as not everyone is a permie I suspect those leaves may be bagged up or burned or (hopefully) composted in back gardens but as I am in need of lots of compost and Ballan has lots of leaves… 😉
The main street of Ballan is lined with these lovely trees and the foot paths and parking bays are littered with these leaves. Now since bitumen doesn’t compost anything and the leaves are not doing any good, we intend to make sure they are able to return to the soil and feed the worms. So, if you are local and not doing anything SUNDAY morning around 7am then feel free to come and join us. We’re meeting outside Springfields Garage and it’s BYO whatever you need. Bags, trailer, rake, leaf picky up gloves (for the bug phobic amongst us 😉 ), gardening gloves and coffee. Lots of coffee. Ok, so that’s MY list of what to bring but just as an idea. 😉
No need to RSVP. If you want to come, be there bright and early. If not, catch some extra zzz’s for me please.
PLEASE NOTE THE EDIT – IT’S SUNDAY MORNING. If you come tomorrow (Saturday) you might be on your own. 😉