Carol Klein shares the “easy” way to create “beautiful leaf mold” – “improves your soil”

Carol Klein, who returns tonight for the penultimate episode of Carol Klein’s Great British Gardens on Channel 5, gives regular gardening tips online and on TV. In a recent episode of Jeremy Vine, Carol shared the benefits of making leaf mold.

She said, “Right now there are so many leaves, so many leaves, and some people think they are a nuisance.

“On the contrary, they are absolutely wonderful additions to a garden because if you can stack them and even put them in a bag when you don’t have space in the garden, they will eventually become one.”

Carol then showed the viewers her leaf shape in a pot.

She added, “Absolutely beautiful leaf mold, it improves your soil and nourishes your plants.”

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According to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), those looking to make leaf mold shouldn’t collect leaves on main roads.

They said, “Those that are collected from main roads can be affected by air pollution, so leaves from quieter streets and back roads are preferable.

“The leaves are easier to collect in dry and calm weather.”

Gardeners can also use a rotary mower to collect leaves from the lawn.

The RHS added, “Put the leaves in a trash bag, moisten them when they are dry, then poke holes in the bag with a knife or garden fork, tie the top loosely, and stack the bag for two years out of sight. “

Good quality leaf mold is one that has been sitting there for more than two years.

It can be used as a seed soil or as a potting soil.

Gardeners can still use leaf mold if it’s less than two years old, even though it’s considered inferior.

It can be used as a mulch, soil conditioner, fall fertilizer for lawns, or winter cover for bare soils.

When using leaf mold, watch out for weeds as they are susceptible to infestation.

The RHS said, “Use the resulting product carefully and avoid formal areas of the garden where weeds would be a serious problem.

“Street leaves can be contaminated with trash and trash, so sort the leaves before adding them to your pile of leaves.

“If your clump of leaf mold is slow to break down into leaf mold, try turning it over regularly to ventilate the leaves and speed up the breakdown process.”

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