I LEARNED A NEW TERM - “LIFE LITTER”
All the things that fall to the ground in nature are part of “life litter”. Many gardens have “leaf litter” it goes way beyond just having some leaves in your garden, yard, and forest.
Heavy Frost this morning, life litter takes a cold hit.
A large tree falls in a storm, as it crashes to the ground many new life forms begin. Its leaves or needles fall to the ground and start to decompose introducing all sorts of life to the earth. The tree itself is now in contact with the earth and it begins its long journey returning to the earth. Bugs, insects, reptiles, and many other creatures take advantage of this and live their life cycles in the “life litter”, they are living and dying returning to the earth. Leaves, brush, twigs, bark, animal waste, and animals are living than dying and returning to the earth. As all things decompose they are feeding the other creatures that live in the soil allowing them to give life and cycle back into the earth.
As gardeners we take advantage of this by recycling our “life litter” into mulch and compost, feeding our gardens as nature has done since flora.
Early morning sun melts the frost from Dogwood
Quote from C.L. Fornari at Whole Life Gardening
Plants have developed a way to nurture themselves.
“life litter” might be a better term for this organic matter that falls to the ground.
Large Hydrangea collects life litter, feeding itself.
For those interested in a little more information Life in the Leaf Litter an article published by
AMERICAN MUSEUM of NATURAL HISTORY
A little haiku by JW
Giving Life to Earth
Life Litter gathered up ready to use mulching gardens for the winter
From now on only one term to use for all the things like Leaves, Wood Chips, Dead Grass, Deer Droppings, Composted Material, and any other organic material around our gardens its “LIFE LITTER“
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