Monday, September 24, 2018

Outsourcing Leaves

Around this time of year many of us face a similar issue: we still create the same amount of food scraps but our leaf piles have dwindled (or composted) to almost nothing. In order to keep that happy balance between green and browns, WE NEED LEAVES.

Here are a few ideas of where you can score some carbon:
  1. Consider alternatives, like shredded newspaper or cardboard.
  2. Rake your elderly neighbor’s yard (ask first!). Who knows, maybe you will get some homemade cookies and a bag of leaves for your good deed.
  3. Ask your community (or a surrounding community). Often your community will allow you to take leaves from their pile.
  4. Join (or start) a leaf exchange Facebook group. We have one in Greater Cincinnati.

Don’t fret too much, fellow composters. Fall is in the air and before we know it we will be swimming, sometimes literally, in piles of leaves.

Happy fall, y’all.


  1. I used straw this summer for this very reason. Horrible!!!

  2. Thanks for the post. You have explained the topic in very simple and step by step.

  3. What an amazing idea. I wish you all best of luck. I will speak to my friends.