Bags of leaf mould now ready from BCCS.

Leaf mould makes a fantastic winter mulch for your soil – protects it, nutures it, and encourages the fungi that benefits the “soil web” and  life in the soil. Garden Organic explain the science of leaf mould – summary quoted from them as follows -for more see

“Autumn leaves are rotted down mainly by the slow, cool action of fungi – rather than the quicker acting bacteria that work in a compost heap. This is why autumn leaves in quantity are best recycled separately in a leafmould heap. Leaves contain up to 80% of the nutrients picked up by a tree. However, as they die, most of these nutrients are reabsorbed by the tree. What remains in the leaf is an important substance called lignin. It acts as a buffer for extremes of mineral flows within the soil, and can hold the soil nutrients in reserve. Lignin is also the fibre in the leaf’s cell structure, and is slow to break down. This means some leaves – which are higher in lignin – are slower to rot than others.Leaves which are higher in lignin and lower in nitrogen and calcium: beech, birch, hornbeam, oak, sweet chestnut and magnolia. Leaves which are lower in lignin and higher in calcium and nitrogen: ash, cherry, elm, linden, maple, poplar and willow”.