How to make leaf mould
We got chatting to one of our “allotment neighbours” while we were down there this weekend. She said she was really impressed with how much work we’d already done. There have been 5 different owners of our plot in the last 5 years, and all of them have only managed to dig in about one or two beds and not touch the rest of the plot. She offered us some of her strawberries once we had chance to clear somewhere for them to go, so that was really kind!
She mentioned that when they made up the allotments they’d added loads of really good mushroom compost to the soil so there would be loads of good nutrients in the soil. We’re hoping that as most of our plot hasn’t been used a lot of the nutrients will still be in there, unless the weeds have stolen them all!!
So this afternoon Chris and I decided to make some leaf mould so that we’ve got some good stuff to put on our soil when it’s ready next year. It is so easy to make, so I thought I’d share it with you all
All you need to do is collect a load of dry leaves that have fallen to the ground, oak and beech leaves are probably the best as they need very little doing to them. Add a little water to the bag if they are really dry. Loosely tie the bag up, and make holes in the bottom of the bag and store away for up to two years (we’ve just put them in the garage).
Mulch that is less that two years old can be used to as mulch or to improve the soil. Leaf mulch that is more than two years old can be used for seed sowing compost.
If like us you don’t have any trees in your garden to collect leaves from you can just collect them from out in the countryside or even by the roadside. It is probably best to use leaves that are away from busy roads though as they will have less pollution in them
And that is it, nice and easy, it took us no more than 5 minutes to collect it, now all we have to do it wait!!