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Leaf compost

I had read somewhere that if you put fallen leaves into a plastic bag and store them, they will turn into compost. This time last year, I put leaves into a black plastic bin liner, made holes in it, put it into the shed. I looked at it recently and the leaves are still the same as when I put them in the bag - whole and wet. Why did they not decompose? henlen, , Co Kildare Posted: 12/11/2017

It is likely there was not enough air getting in. Also, the leaves may have been naturally soft, such as horse chestnut or poplar, and inclined to clump together, impeding aeration. Beech and oak are best for leaf mould. 

Make some more small holes and leave it for another year. 

 

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