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Fungi for Leaf Mold

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I live on a 1/4 acre lot with lots of maples and oak. I am super appreciative of their leaves, but am overwhelmed with the sheer quantity of leaves they drop each fall.

I am trying to find more ways to use the leaves and how to decompose them faster. So far I am shredding them and putting them in piles and mulching the garden beds with them.

Does anyone know of a fungus I could purchase/find that I could inoculate my leaf mold with to make it decompose faster?

Does anyone know of another good use for all these leaves? There are so many!

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You might try mixing oyster mushroom spawn with leaves shredded as finely as possible.  Maybe add some soil, compost or manure, both to add some nitrogen and to add bulk & moisture retention.

My parents have an ever growing leaf pile.  I gave them some wine cap spawn I had left over.  They mixed the spawn in the center and just let it be.  The center of the pile is cratered now.

Might give it a try,

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