New garden preparation.
We also have a lot of oak leaves on our property and use them for compost in our garden. I gather them at the end of each fall and place them in our compost bays for them to decompose through the winter. The leaves break down fairly quickly and make for good compost (note: we also mix in other organic materials - food scraps, horse manure, bedding from the chickens - as these are our primary composting piles). I anticipate being able to spread the compost in our garden in the coming week. We've done this in the past and the soil in our garden beds is quite healthy. The key is to make certain that the leaves have broken down (or are at least well into that process). If you're able, I'd recommend moving them into a compost area or a sunny area to help further the composting process before adding them into the garden area.
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