Mulch - Compost - Donate
Do not burn dry leaves
NOT A SINGLE DRY LEAF SHOULD BE BURNT IN INDIA!! FOR THAT MATTER, NOWHERE IN THE WORLD.. BUT LET'S START WITH INDIA, AND SPREAD WORD TO THE WHOLE WORLD...
Last year, in Pune city of Maharashtra, all the Brown leaf members utilized around 5000 bags of dry leaves for composting and mulching.
All these leaves went back to soil, providing it much-needed nutrients.
All these leaves otherwise would have been burnt or dumped at the landfills.
So, what is Brown Leaf exactly?
Here is the story…
I, Aditi Deodhar, started Brown Leaf in Pune in February 2016.
Why? Well… sight of burning leaves broke my heart.
And this heartbreaking thing was going on in my society.
We have a huge tree. It is our oasis in summer months. Birds chirping, squirrels trudging around, what a beauty. But come winter, and it is a nightmare for us. Well, it used to be before Brown leaf happened.
In 2016, I decided not to burn dry leaves. Leaf fall started as usual in November.
By December, we had unmanageable heap of dry leaves. And well, we had 3 more months to go.
Yes, not burning is fine. But, I needed to do something about it.
Search for that “something” led to the concept of Brown Leaf
Simply put, Brown Leaf is the forum for eco-friendly management of dry leaves.
Strategy for Brown Leaf is three fold..
MULCH: Mimic the forest floor, use dry leaves to protect the soil, conserve water.
COMPOST: Recycle the nutrients and follow soil-to-soil principle of nature.
DONATE: Give away the leaves to the one who wants them for above two activities, mulching and composting.
To read in depth about each option, please refer to the section below.
We have a whatsapp group and facebook page.
For mulching, composting and other garden related discussion, we provide guidance to the members through whatsapp and facebook.
Expert members from the group provide advise to the new gardeners. Keep them motivated.
Group comprises of members who have dry leaves as well as who want dry leaves. The donor collects leaves in bags and drops a message on the group. Members who want leaves and for whom that area is convenient, respond and arrange for pickup.
Theoretical knowledge has its limitation. It does not motivate enough to take action. Telling people dry leaves are valuable is not enough. They need a proof. We arrange visits to members’ gardens where people can see how dry leaves are converted into beautiful gardens. That is a game changer. Numerous members took to gardening after such visits.
Read below for details of these visits..
Well, Brown Leaf is applicable to all the places that have trees that shed leaves.. So I would say, a majority of the world, right?
Brown Leaf started in Pune city, Maharashtra state in India. But it certainly is not limited to Pune.
In fact, reason of integrating Brown Leaf in “World Gets Round” is to expand it further.