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What's the best way to 'recycle' 20 bags of leaves...


Aitchbee
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This is the first time I have collected the leaves that have fallen from the two big trees, outside my flat.

I would like to make them into compost.

Has anybody had a go, at this endeavor?

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jtt

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I bag them and squash them down so that they take less space and you don't need many bags. I knot the bags to prevent rain water from entering, stack the bags, put something heavy in an usused bit of the garden and ignore them for six months, then mix them to even out the moisture.

I've read that leaves break down in a different way to other things that you compost (weeds, grass clippings, etc)...

  • They break down mainly by the action of fungus, rather than bacteria
  • They don't need oxygen to break down, and don't warm up significantly when breaking down
  • They take a long time to break down, a year or two.
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Covergirl

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LoL - I think jtt has perhaps missed the other 3 pages.

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Aitchbee

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Thanks jtt - I like your bullet points.My neighbour, who is a very keen gardener,also said, to me on the bus this morning, "it might take a couple of years for the leaves to decompose".

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Aitchbee

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Brumas....one bag or two?

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Pineman100

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Terry Brown is quite right that, if you want good leaf mould in the shortest possible time, you should shred the leaves before you put them in bags. They must also be kept quite damp. You can achieve this and simultaneously add a good activator if you pour beer or cider on them - but pass it through your kidneys first.

In other words, pee in the bags.

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Aitchbee

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Pineman100 - human urine is sterile at the point of deposit. I will keep that in mind

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Aitchbee

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...leave it with me...

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Forum Editor

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Who would have thought there was so much to say about decomposing dead leaves?

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Pineman100

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FE - it just goes to show what a rich resource of knowledge resides in this forum!

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