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All the leaves are brown….

… and the sky is grey!

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Autumn in The Netherlands is a very colorful vista as the trees and bushes shed their foliage.

For some the piles of leaves become a challenge.

But dogs and children love them!

But what to do with all those leaves?

We collect bagfuls and treat our blueberries, in particular, to a thick mulch.

Meanwhile the council has a cunning tool to support the neighborhood clean up.

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These big cages appear around the district. Everyone can deposit their leaves.

So simple and so effective!

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30 comments on “All the leaves are brown….

  1. cheergerm
    October 14, 2014

    What a cool idea and I love that song!

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  2. Grower
    October 14, 2014

    Nice cages! I was going to rake up a bunch of the leaves that have started to fall and bag them up for leaf mold but we were out of town and they got rained on. The forecast says they will continue to get soaked for several,days. It will help them break down, but they are a real pain to gather up when they are all wet.

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    • lizard100
      October 14, 2014

      That’s true! The council will take them away too.

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  3. BerLinda
    October 14, 2014

    They’re everywhere in Berlin as well – people are fighting a losing battle with sweeping brushes 🙂 It looks so pretty though!

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    • lizard100
      October 14, 2014

      Yep very pretty. Not enough purple though!

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      • BerLinda
        October 14, 2014

        Lots of red here – beautiful 🙂

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      • lizard100
        October 14, 2014

        We haven’t quite got cold enough yet!

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      • BerLinda
        October 14, 2014

        It was 21 here yesterday 🙂

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      • lizard100
        October 14, 2014

        Its hilarious! No one cares about climate change!

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      • BerLinda
        October 14, 2014

        Yeah, I’m just happy it’s not snowing 😉

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      • lizard100
        October 14, 2014

        Tcha! That would make all that beurocratic queuing double the fun.

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  4. Wandering Iris
    October 14, 2014

    I love that song, and the leaves are such a great idea for mulch!

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    • lizard100
      October 14, 2014

      It’s a great song! I’m all for free mulch!

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  5. AnnetteM
    October 14, 2014

    I have been making leaf compost for many years. It does take up a lot of space though and they take a few years to break down. Worth it though as the compost is wonderful. We used to keep the leaves in black bin bags, but it was really messy handling the wet soggy bags. Last year we put up two big containers and filled them both last Autumn. Thankfully we have consolidated the leaves into one container now, but I think we will still have too many leaves for the other container. Unless the wind blows in the right direction. . .

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    • lizard100
      October 14, 2014

      They do take time but it’s worth collecting them.

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      • Hilda
        October 15, 2014

        It takes less time if you mow them first.

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      • lizard100
        October 15, 2014

        That’s a great idea if you have a mower. Thank you.

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  6. jpeggytaylor
    October 14, 2014

    What an organised and eco-friendly council! Leaves look lovely when they blow down and they’re great for playing in too! But they can also cause blocked gutters etc so they can be a bit of a problem in built-up areas. Collecting them for leaf compost is a wonderful idea – very useful around the garden.

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    • lizard100
      October 14, 2014

      I suspect it’s because many trees belong to the council and consequently the leaves are theirs. Many an unhappy gardener would dispute the responsibility of dealing with them!

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  7. Helen
    October 14, 2014

    Off topic but interesting to see the street scene… Amazing how like a British street looks (may I spend too much time looking at photos of the Far East!).

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    • lizard100
      October 14, 2014

      Ah but I should blog about the differences. The housing streets here are commonly bricked without cement for drainage. The pavement is paved not tarmacked again for drainage. I’m inspired.

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      • Helen
        October 14, 2014

        Yes, do blog about the differences. (My mind looks for similarities rather than differences.)

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      • lizard100
        October 14, 2014

        I was thinking of it the other day.

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  8. tootlepedal
    October 15, 2014

    Those leaf collectors are a brilliant idea.

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  9. expatlingo
    October 16, 2014

    I’ll have to scout around for the Utrecht leave solution as our little back garden is quickly filling up!

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  10. Rambling Woods
    October 17, 2014

    That is a great idea

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