There are many benefits to making your own leaf mould whether you are an avid or casual gardener.
- It has fewer nutrients than other composts so it is perfect as potting compost for seedlings.
- It also improves the moisture retention of soil in the garden or in containers.
- It improves the soil condition as the coarser organic particles help create air spaces which is helps roots penetrate the soil.
- It can also be used as mulch to help prevent the growth of weeds.
Making leaf mould couldn’t be easier or more beneficial for your garden. All you need is leaves, water, a container and air. It couldn’t be simpler!
- Gather leaves (wet them if dry)
- Pile into container - hessian bag, wire mesh box or plastic bag.
- Leave to decay in a shady place
- Spread the nutrient rich compost around your garden/window box etc
Some useful tips
- If using plastic bags make sure to put air holes at the bottom of the bag and give the bag a good shake every few weeks.
- Leaf mould takes 6-12 months to make, you can speed up this process by
- shredding the leaves (run over them with a lawnmower)
- adding grass cuttings (this will be too rich in nutrients for seedlings)
- making sure the leaves are very wet
- Leaves from deciduous trees make a neutral leaf mould perfect for neutral or base loving plants
- Leaves from conifers or evergreens create an acidic leaf mould perfect for acidic loving plants
- Beech leaves are the quickest to rot
- Leaf mould can be used before it has completely broken down as mulch
- Once you’ve stored your leaves forget about them and let nature take its course