Sher Miller Lehman wrote:My leaf mold system: always a place to add new leaves & always a pile if completed leaf mold. Process is much faster and takes only a little effort.
I set up 3 framed screens that sit at an angle from the ground. I use a large medium and small size mesh. (1 inch, half inch, quarter inch for example).
Fresh leaves get dumped in pile next to big screen. I throw leaves on the big screen. What falls through becomes the second pile. What doesn't fall through goes back to 1st pile with new leaves.
I throw the 2nd pile on the medium screen. What falls through becomes the 3rd pile. What doesn't fall goes back to the 2nd pile.
Then I throw the 3rd pile on the smallest screen. What falls through goes into the 4th pile, the finished leaves. What doesn't fall through goes back to the 3rd pile.
The final pile is a perpetual source of finished leaf mold so I always have some ready to use. The first pile gives me a place to throw leaves as they fall.
Rebecca Norman wrote:I'll pile on with another question.
I live in high desert, very very dry. I started new gardens 3 years ago, and it's been difficult to build up soil fertility and organic matter. There is very little waste biomass, but there are some people in my village who burn their leaves, so I did manage to get several large sacks, hard packed, of leaves last fall and lass the previous fall. But they stayed bone dry, and with some difficulty I mixed them into my garden soil. The sacks are that woven plastic tarp type of stuff, will probably flake off if left out in the sun. But maybe I should pour some water down into the sacks and just leave them? Should I try to inoculate them with fungus or just water them? What do you think? I'm pretty excited about the rhapsodies for leaf mold on this thread!