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Hi sorry to bother you on such a basic question - I have collected a black sack full of leaves, what is the best way to make leaf mould does the bag need holed in, does it want to be open or closed - I have absolutely no idea



Yes, make holes in the bag, and keep it closed. The leaves should be wet.

8 Nov, 2010


For more information, use the search box at the top of this page on the right to find Spritzhenry - she has a blog called Black Gold with full instructions.

8 Nov, 2010


So far I have 7 sacks this year I usually end up with about 10-12 I punch all over with a fork and just leave them around hidden bits of my garden. I spent the last 2 days collecting them and today its needs doing again but in this weather I will wait. I agree with Spritz - lovely stuff free and almost effortless as its quite a fun things to do on a nice Autumn day.

8 Nov, 2010


that's funny there was another question on GOY about this today. I watched Toby Thingummy on Gardener's World (BBC) doing the same thing as Spritz, it was quite helpful. I'm going to try some too, and will add some comfrey leaves as there are still plenty on offer, lol.

8 Nov, 2010


That is a fantastic idea, I will do that next time I´´m down at the datcha. BTW, there are no things such as "Basic Questions" on GoY Christine.

8 Nov, 2010


Christine, I find one bag, when decomposed, is only sufficient for mulching around one shrub. You might like to think about collecting loads more to make it worth your while! I usually do about 15 each year. Just a thought....

8 Nov, 2010


I have ten black bin bags full of leaves already next to my compost bins. I intend to add more. It is great stuff and so easy to collect. Just remember the holes in the bags.

8 Nov, 2010


I ask my next door neighbour to pass his bags of leaves over to me rather than leave them to be collected by the counsil. I am sure he thinks i am nuts.

9 Nov, 2010


Christine, Rogi is absolutely right just wanted to echo that - all kinds of gardening questions are very welcome. Please don't apologise for them. Enjoy your leaf collecting! Mine is still left undone, due to some less-fun interruption no doubt. ..

10 Nov, 2010


Oops, sorry I said thanks wrongly, I`m afraid I`m even newer to using a computer than a lawn mower x

13 Nov, 2010


- and just to add, the full rotting down process may well take 2 years, (my neighbour can testify) not 1 as suggested on t'telly...
I'm off now to swot up on Spritz's Black Gold blog.

14 Nov, 2010


Agree Weeding - it does take 2 years in my experience.

15 Nov, 2010

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