Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Autumn Leaves ~ Creating Compost

Autumn Leaves by John Everett Millais

“It is not everyone,' said Elinor,
'who has your passion for dead leaves.”
~ Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Don't the maidens look lovely in their modest apparel? Aren't the colors brilliant in this painting? I love those burnt siennas, deep oranges and rustic browns all blended together in a heap of autumn beauty. John Everett Millais, the man who painted this picture was given a place at the Royal Academy school at the unprecedented age of 11 years old! You could see why! (View the bottom of this post for more paintings by this talented, Victorian Era artist.)

Question for Mothers and Maidens:
  • What do you think they are doing with the leaves? (Let's pretend they are making compost!)
Autumn Activity:

This autumn, why not prepare a batch of compost? Compost is simply free fertilizer or soil amendment for all your planting projects. Gather up the fallen leaves in your yard and place in a pile, add raw scraps from the kitchen and grass clippings (organic matter in general). You may want to place a cover on the pile (like a burlap sack) and stir every once in a while with a pitchfork or shovel. Spray the pile with water on occasion to keep it damp. Soon, you will be pleased to have a nice and rich substance resembling soil in which to indulge your garden this spring without having to invest in garden additives. For more information: visit Making Compost ~ The Basics.

"She considereth a field, and buyeth it:
with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard."
~ Proverbs 31:16

Other paintings shared here featuring the artist, John Everett Millais:

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  1. We informally compost our autumn leaves by raking them to the back of our property. Whenever I need some good dirt for a houseplant, that's where I go. It's much richer and blacker than the sandy soil that characterizes our native SC dirt. Thanks for the reminder -- it's time to start raking!

    1. Great! You are right, it doesn't have to be fancy. Just designate an area and nature does the rest… Thanks for sharing here today! :)

  2. Love the picture! :o) I have been wanting to add the leaves to our compost pile! Hopefully we can do that. I have a feeling the rest of the family might have to do that though since the lil bambino might not let me. ;o)

    1. Absolutely! Mother's health is very important right now… The leaves will always be there to rake into piles :)

  3. Hello there!

    I just found your blog through another friend's blog, and am grateful to find you! I have five daughters, and always am on the lookout for godly material to inspire them. All that you share is just perfect!

    Thank you,

    Marqueta Graham

    1. Thank you for your encouragement Marqueta! That really makes my day!


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