A growing number of people like to tinker with on a personal plot or cottage. Working with the earth - in a flower garden, garden and garden, a person is charged with energy and rests with his soul. Fresh air, the surrounding nature, silence and peace are a well-deserved reward for the hard work on earth. And then autumn came, the trees and bushes dropped their leaves, in the bins, pantries and in the refrigerator lies the harvested crop, some of which in its fresh form does not exactly last until spring, and the question arises of what to do with all this. Let me give you some useful tips.
Shelter for the lawn
For those who have a lawn, it is better to move the foliage from the trees with an even layer onto it: if the snow has not yet had time to fall, and frosts ruthlessly come, this will be a reliable protection for your lawn. Foliage, which during the winter does not have time to overtake and become fertilizer, can be removed from the lawn in spring.
In the photo: Shelter of a lawn with fallen leaves
Raw materials for compost
If you don’t have a lawn, collect the leaves with a rake and make compost from them: fill large plastic bags with leaves up to 30 cm high, add a spoonful of urea , two shovels of earth, a couple of handful ash and a little water for fermentation to each bag. Then on top lay the next layer of foliage 30 cm thick and add to it the earth, ash, urea and quite a bit of water. And so, layer by layer, fill the bag, tie it, make a few punctures in the plastic and place until spring in a sunny place. If you have a compost pit or container for compost , lay the leaves in them and do not forget about the additives.
How to preserve the harvest that came from hard work until spring? In addition to cooking, pickling and pickling, there are two more ways to preserve fruits and vegetables, and without loss of quality and useful properties - freezing and drying. As for freezing, unlike those fruits that are sufficient to wash, dry and put in the freezer, cauliflower is pre-blanched, and beets are generally not recommended for freezing, it is best to salt them.
In the photo: Freezing berries for the winter
Berries can not only be frozen, but also soaked. For example, lingonberries and cranberries will be enough to just put on the balcony and pour clean, cold water: due to the large number of nutrients and enzymes that protect these berries, they will not ferment or sour.
How to store crops - at home and in the cellar
Absolutely all berries and many vegetables can be dried, and so that the fruits do not lose their color, it is better to dry them not in the sun, but in the shade, covering them with gauze from insects. In such conditions, they do not dry as they tumble.
You can learn how to still process the crop, and do it quickly, from this video: