From autumn leaves comes great compost!
Rather than collecting up all your autumn leaves and filling up your compost bins to the brim (this can slow down the regular composting process) – keeping them separate to make a leaf mulch might be the way to go. It’s a simple and effective way of creating a rich, nutritious mulch or potting mix.
Some leaves take longer to compost than others. Oak, alder and hornbeam will soon break down, while leaves from conifers and waxy evergreen plants can take two to three years to compost, so add only small amounts, and if possible shred them first to help speed up the process. You can keep it basic and use a black bin liner – just gather your leaves, pop them in the bag (punch a few air holes in the side and bottom), sprinkle with water, shake the bag and tie. Store the bag in a shady spot and forget about it until next autumn! If you’ve got lots of leaves to collect, you can make a simple leaf cage from stakes and chicken wire.
By next autumn your leaves will have rotted down into a rich, crumbly mixture that can be used as a mulch for plants – wait another year you will be left with a finer material to use as fantastic soil conditioner!
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