Last year, I had a go at making leaf mould. Basically, you bung a load of fallen leaves into a plastioc bag, stick a load of holes in the bottom with a pencil and fill the bags up with water (basically so the leaves are damp in the bag). Then you leave the bags for about two years and hope that the leaves are turning into leaf mould.
I didn’t do it this year because I don’t really want yet more plastic bags cluttering up my front garden and I don’t yet know whether this will work. I did have a look inside one of the bags and it looks like it might be turning into leaf mould but isn’t quite there yet.
I think I have three bags of sycamore leaves and two of pine needles (supposedly, the pine needles make acidic leaf mould).
I REALLY need to clean up the leaves on the back lawn before they start destroying the grass. Last year, I raked them all up and put them in bin bags with holes poked through the side with the aim of making leaf mould. It’s meant to take up to 2 years so I haven’t investigated to see whether it’s worked yet – I just have some bright blue garden bags under a tree in the front garden. Problem is, it’s the sort of job that takes so much longer than you ever think it is going to. So I haven’t done it yet. I may ask the gardener if he could do it before he takes the winter off.
We used to have heuchera and tiarella on the bank in the garden and they looked super but they didn’t survive the summer. I think it was too dry; perhaps North America has wetter summers than we do. So I’ve put some heather in their place as that is nice and hardy – plus bees love it. If that doesn’t survive, I don’t know what should go there – maybe just weeds.