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Managing Your Allotment - Composting - Leaf Mould

Allotment Growing - leaf mould - making your own - building a leaf mould bin - makes a wonderful compost and soil improver for growing beds.

Leaf Mould (or Leaf Mold to our North American readers) is a wonderful - and free - resource for the allotment.

It produces a compost that improves soil structure and - most importantly - water retention - particularly useful for sandy soils - beneficial for all soils. It has few nutrients in it - much less than in green waste compost or from manure - but is nonetheless very good stuff.

Making leaf mould is very simple.

Gather fallen leaves - in Autumn - from your garden - or whatever source is available. I get mine from around the church near my home. Every time I go for a walk round there I take a couple of black plastic bags and fill them up.

The leaves can then be stored and left to rot down. This takes some time - a year or more - depending on the type of leaf. For example - sycamore, beech and horse chestnut leaves will rot down more slowly than alder, hornbeam and oak. Not that this matters a great deal - just gather what is available.

If you have the space - a leaf mould bin is best for storage.

Otherwise - you can store the leaves in black plastic bags. A bit unsightly, but effective - and the bags can always be tucked away in a corner of the allotment plot or garden. Punch a few small air holes - if the leaves are dry - add a bit of water to the bags.

How To Build A Leaf Mould Bin

A leaf mould bin is simple to construct.

It doesn't need to be as sturdy as a compost bin - as - obviously - fallen tree leaves are not particularly heavy (or dense - if you want to be pedantic about semantics).

You need four stakes (wooden or metal), some chicken wire and some garden wire or twine.

Hammer the stakes into the ground in a square of roughly four feet. - or as space allows.

Wrap the chicken wire around the stakes and secure with wire / twine.

Job done - simply pile up the leaves - and keep adding more as long as you can get them.

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