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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 27

Title:
LEAF MOLD FOR CONTAINER CULTURE

Author:
William Flemer III

pp: 392-393

Abstract:
Using leaf mold for growing container plants on a commercial scale? It sounds like a return to the era of monastery gardening, or at least a capitulation to the organic gardening extremists — mumbling incantations about compost! However, the use of composed leaf mold is none of the above, but a very practical and inexpensive source of humus in certain parts of this country. In carrying out "clean air" programs, a number of the densely populated eastern states have enacted rigid no open burning regulations, which include among other things a total prohibition of leaf burning. This has posed a real problem for suburban municipalities with abundant shade trees. As the fallen leaves are collected each autumn they have perforce been dumped in large piles in vacant lots as they cannot be incinerated as was the practice in earlier times. These huge piles of decayed leaves can be a valuable source for nurseries and at the same time

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