With Steph Summerell of Change4 Chalfont
AUTUMN is such a busy time of year in the The list of tasks seems endless and on top of that the trees are shedding their leaves, creating yet another one. It’s easy to regard the collection of fallen leaves as a nuisance and consign them to the wheelie bin in irritation. But I would like to encourage you to view them as a valuable resource that is not to be wasted.
If left to decompose, leaves turn into leafmould. Nature’s patient, unseen decomposers set to work and together with time produce a wonderful compost. I think of it as gardener’s gold.
Oak, beech and hornbeam leaves make the best quality leafmould and break down the quickest. Thicker leaves such as sycamore, walnut, horse chestnut and sweet chestnut onger. Conifer and evergreen es can take 2-3 years to compose, so are best avoided nless you’re very patient!
Collect leaves when they are wet, or sprinkle with water to dampen them and leave them n a shady spot in an out of the way corner. If you have the om you can buy or make a e mesh container for your