Rake Up a Leafy Conditioner
Leafmold is one of the finest soil conditioners and makes excellent use of a resource that's free and abundant in autumn: fallen leaves. All you need to make leafmold is a plastic bin liner, leaves from deciduous trees and lots of patience.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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Tie Bag Securely
Your bag is going to be left for a long time, so make sure you tie it well. This will prevent small creatures from making a home in the leaves.
Punch a Few Air Holes
Leaves also need air to rot down efficiently, so punch some holes in the sides with a fork. Put the bag away and forget about it for at least a year.
Tip: Using Leafmold
After a year or two, your leafmold will be ready to use. It works particularly well as a mulch, and is especially loved by woodland plants. Alternatively, it can be sieved and used as an ingredient in potting soil.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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