Monty Don says the ‘easiest approach’ to make leafmould is to ‘keep harvesting leaves’ throughout November.
LEAFMOULD is a soil conditioner or mulch made from decomposing leaves. Monty Don has recommended gardeners to keep “collecting falling leaves” in November in order to produce their own leafmould.
Leafmould is a versatile material that can be used as a mulch, soil conditioner, potting mix, or seed compost. Although the best leafmould takes a couple of years to make, collecting leaves now will ensure that it may be utilized as a mulch in the spring.
Monty Don showed how to produce leafmould at home in his most recent blog post.
“Keep collecting fallen leaves, mowing them, keeping them damp, and storing them in a bay or garbage bag to build leafmould,” Monty wrote.
“Because leaves degrade primarily through fungal rather than bacterial action, dried leaves can take a long time to breakdown into the wonderful, friable, sweet-smelling soft stuff that true leafmould usually becomes.”
“So either gather wet leaves or be prepared to soak them thoroughly before topping them with the next layer.”
“Chopping them up also helps a lot.”
“The simplest method to do this is to mow them down, which also collects them.”
“Of course, if the leaves are too wet, they’ll clog the mower, so I sweep and rake them into a line while they’re dry, run the mower over them, and then soak them with the hose once they’re in the special chicken wire-sided bay.”
“If you don’t have enough space for a separate leaf bay, place the mown leaves in a black garbage bag, punch a few drainage holes in the bottom, soak and drain, and then store it out of sight.”
To speed up the process, a small amount of water can be added to the garbage bag.
Experts advise that individuals storing their leaves in a separate place do so in a covered region of the garden.
This prevents the leaves from being blown away.
“This system works very well,” Monty added.
“Without additional treatment, the leaves will gently convert into leafmould during the following six months.”
“You can also use them in a half-decomposed form as a great mulch around sprouting plants in the spring.”
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