Leafmold is a wonderful material and this is not the first time in covering it on the site.
This is a series of photos that show just how easy it can be to produce leafmold fit for the garden.
So here is all what you need to make it:
- A big black plastic bag of dried leaves
- Heat applied to the bag – aka filtered Sunlight
- Water or urine added into the bag every so often (or leave the bag open to catch rainwater)
- Time (tick tock)
After 2 months I emptied the bag to see what was going on in there, and we can see here that it was well on its way.
A good number of worms had found a way into the bag, and looked to be in great condition.
Decomposition is assured with a covering of actinomycetes over the leaves. These little guys exist in huge numbers, and are largely responsible for the earthly smell in compost and degraded organic matter.
And I just couldn’t contain my amazement. Leafmold, worms, compost. Maybe you just had to be there.
One last time to muck around before middle-age – It is my 40th birthday today!!
- What can worms do for you? (campjack.wordpress.com)
- Leaf mold? Yes please! (chesnutforchange.wordpress.com)
- From Coffee Grounds To Lawn Fertilizer (groundtoground.org)