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Leaf Mould and Compost


By Llew

Lincolnshire, United Kingdom Gb

Are these basically the same thing? i.e. leaf mould compost without the food and stuff?

Should I put all my leaves into the compost bin or is it best to still have some leaf mould on the go?

Is either or better for the beds?



Leaf mould is usually made up of the leaves that fall off the trees in the autumn. they are also full of nutrients.

general compost is any garden waste[small finger thickness woody stems max], raw kitchen waste, shredded paper and wood shavings and natural bedding from herbivourous pets like rabbits/guinea pigs / gerbils.

They both have a good role to improve the soil texture and nutrient levels. I use both as and when i have it ready.

5 May, 2009


Hmmm, not sure I made my question clear, SBG. Sorry, hun.
I know what compost is and I suppose I know what leaf mould is too, but is one better than the other? I mean, do they have different uses?

Oh, yeah. If I make leaf mould, can I use new growth as well as brown leaves in it? Having just stripped a hedge there is a mixture of fresh green growth and the old brown leaves too.

5 May, 2009


Yes you can mix it. I shred prunings and compost them in old compost bags and hide them behind the garage for anywhere from 3-6 months depending on what they are.

then i use this as a mulch.

5 May, 2009


Thanks. :o)

5 May, 2009


yes mould is a type of fungus.there are thousands different types maybe more lol.ring worm,mushrooms,thrush and penicillin lol so yes its all to do with breaking things down from skin to the mighty oak.that is what they all have in commen .they like damp and warm ish plces ass well as a rule.the vikings raided our coast and burned and pillidged after eating flyagarics (the red ones with the white spots ) not recomended but true none the less.i hope you enjoyed my bit of usless information lol i do have my moments lol take care bye for now Llew

5 May, 2009


Yes. Very informative, Nosey, lol.
Thanks for that. :o)

5 May, 2009


Hi Llew, Leaf compost (leaf mould) is what lies on the floor of a woodland. And you can make it too. It is very good to add to your garden. It helps to improve soil structure, improves drainage (in heavy/clay soils), improves moisture retentiveness to assist in drought, and adds healthy beneficial micro-organisms and fungi to your soil. But note that is considerably low in nutrients. Certain types of wildflowers like to grow in it like primroses and bluebells, which have low nutrient requirements. Some types of garden plants get referred to as 'woodlanders',- they like shade and some leaf compost to grow in. I hope this helps, Best wishes, JONATHAN H.

6 May, 2009


Thank you, Jonathan. :o)
All info gratefully absorbed.

6 May, 2009


your welcome

6 May, 2009

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