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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.

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