Make leaf­mould

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Pure leaf­mould is the finest gar­den com­post. It takes up to two years to make the per­fect batch but it is the best and long­est-last­ing when used as a mulch and can also make good-qual­ity pot­ting com­post. Leaves are rot­ted by a com­bi­na­tion of fun­gal moulds and mi­crobes that need air and mois­ture to do their work, so make the heap open at the sides and moist be­fore cov­er­ing with land­scape fab­ric to weight it down and keep the heat in. Put leaves through a shred­der for faster re­sults and, if you don’t have much space, black poly­thene bags work well if pierced to al­low air in. If you are very short of room for ex­tra com­post heaps, the leaves can be swept up and added to the gen­eral com­post, but the re­sults will not be fine enough for any­thing other than mulch.

Rake up fallen leaves and leave to rot down to make leaf­mould com­post

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