Nature’s treasure lurking in your garden
leaves. Otherwise you can buy purpose-made sacks made from loosely woven jute from most garden centres now.
They hold an amazing amount of leaves and have the added advantage of being bio-degradable. Or place your leaves into a large, black polythene sack such as a bin liner. You will need to punch a few holes in the sides and bottom of it or your leaves will become a slimy mess. Tie the top loosely. Bear in mind that the volume of leaves will reduce to between a quarter and a third as it becomes leafmould. You can’t possibly overdose your soil on it though so make as much as you can! Bags can be stacked if you’re short of space.
The leaves should have decomposed after about a year and you can use the resulting leafmould as a mulch. After another year it can be dug in to improve your soil or even used as a seed sowing compost.
With autumn leaves in such plentiful supply why not work your own bit of magic? Turning nature’s discards into leafmould does feel a little like alchemy!