My neighbor, Rick, dumped 6 loaded of leaf mulch on my garden. I had plans to rent a tiller to mix them into the garden soil, but with the demise of my truck wasn’t possible. So I began a process of digging up the garden by shoveling and burying the leaves. I would dig a trench about 3 shovel widths, fill it with leaves and then dig another trench using the discarded soil to cover the leaves. I uncovered a small, fat hibernating toad and several worms. I managed to bury most of the leaves and dig up about 80% of the garden. The next day the garden was covered with1″ of snow.