How to get Free Ground Cover, Mulch, & Carbon for Your Compost

December 31, 2014


This video is about Collecting Leaves for the Future Homestead.

There is an unending supplies of leaves this time of year. The best part is that people package them up and leave them on the side of the road for you to come pickup.

These leaves can be used for thousands of things around the homestead. We are focusing on one project with multiple functions. The number one reason we are collecting leaves is to cover the East Texas red clay and keep it from being tracked into the house.

At the same time, the leaves will be used as a mulch layer that covers the ground and encourages earthworms to come visit. when they do, they bring worm poop (castings) as well as create tunnels in the clay. all of this is good for the soil.

In addition, once the leaves breakdown, they will begin to build topsoil over the clay. There’s literally no reason not to use this free resources.

What could you use them for?

A stack of reclaimed lumber

We are always looking for ways to save money on the East Texas Homestead. With our friends knowing this, the other day a friend of mine let me know about an opportunity to get some free lumber. I couldn’t pass this up. He was going to be reconstructing a hot tub deck and needed the […]