But I digress...
The big maple growing through the roof of the Strawbrary is having its annual shed. I've not yet managed to get a photo which includes the entire tree - Google Earth notwithstanding - so suffice it to say the thing puts down enough leaves each Autumn that the garden becomes effectively cushioned. Any deeper and I'd have the cast of Jackass wanting to fling Wee Man off the roof in a Superman cape. Ordinarily I'd just leave them to rot over the Winter, but this year is different: this year I'm getting a brew on!
The fallen leaves thus far - and it's only the start of the shedding - are scraped up into a plastic bin.
Once it's filled, pressed down and filled again (because leaves trap a lot of air!) I poured three litres of water over the top of the leaves, replaced the lid and weighted it on with a stone.
That'll rot down over the coming year. The resultant liquid - known as leaf tea - can be diluted to one cup of the tea into a watering can of water for use as a high nitrogen feed for the lawn and other nitrogen-hungry plants. The leaves which wouldn't fit into the bin can be mulched directly onto the lawn.
In other decomposition news, the compost is coming along nicely. Some berk put bread in it though, which is doing nothing so much as turn blue. I must remember to pop round to Nathan's house for some horse manure.
If anybody knows what in Earth that is, please comment below. Ta muchly :)