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If Santa was a gardener, he’d have leaf mould in his sack

The Wrigglers #leafmould #cartoon – as the leaves start to fall, bag ’em…

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Leaf mould differs from compost. Leaf mould is broken down by fungi, opposed to Micro-organisms. Some say it’s better than compost …

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When the trees drop their leaves, bag ’em

Superior to compost, leaf mould has better water retention, it improves soil structure and provides a fantastic habitat for soil life, including earthworms.

Every leaf out there is potential leaf mould material.

Accelerators can be used to speed up the process: Coffee grounds; Grass clippings (Nitrogen); and Urine (a nitrogenous liquid feed).

Basically, gather leaves when they fall, and:

  1. bag them in black bin liners, poke some holes in the bags and store them for roughly two years.
  2. Or, create a wire mesh cage, pack with leaves, cover for two years – turn every month to aerate and avoid drying out
  3. Or, let the experts tell you more about making leaf mould. Useful stuff like:
  • Oak and Beech make the best leaf mould …
  • Using partially decomposed leaf mould can rob nitrogen from the soil (not a good thing)
  • You can speed up leaf mould decay by keeping it moist with a nitrogenous liquid feed – urine, to you …

Gardener’s world – how to make leaf mould

How to make leaf mould in plastic sacks


Carry on composting has some great info

The RHS on leaf mould

@The_RHS – Leaf mould is formed from decaying leaves and produces an invaluable soil conditioner. The best quality leaf mould is produced from the leaves of oak, beech or hornbeam. 

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