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Leafmould makes the best soil conditioner but it takes two years to form. The rotting fungi and bacteria need moisture and air so open heaps are best, but bagged leaves work well in a small space.
1 RAKE or blow leaves from lawns and paths, but leave them on the borders to rot down naturally.
2 FILL a robust black polythene sack with leaves, press them down and water if they are dry before tying the top securely.
3 PUNCTURE the bag with a fork to allow some air exchange as the leaves rot.