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Hello. My garden became overgrown this year with tall, far reaching ferns and I've had to cut a lot down. Can ferns be used to make leaf mould?

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,152
    Yes, I expect they could go in with other leaves,  although I just put them in the compost bin.  :)
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  • Thank you very much Fairygirl. That's helpful to know.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,152
    Some are tougher than others - the evergreen types for example, like Aspleniums, but I find most of the standard types break down quite well.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • WilderbeastWilderbeast East YorkshirePosts: 1,326
    I mow them up before composting, speeds it up and chops up the woody stems 
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 8,019
    Bracken is supposed to be a really good source of potash so it might be the same for ferns. Good fertiliser for fruit and veg.
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,152
    I mow them up before composting, speeds it up and chops up the woody stems 
    I have been known to spend a good twenty minutes sitting with a cuppa, and snipping them.... ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • bédébédé Surrey Hills, acid greensand.Posts: 202
    edited September 2021
    Bracken is highest in potash if you pull in the spring.  What you do if you want to eradicate them.  I imagine that fresh young ferns would be the same.

    Royal ferns used to be the compost of choice for orchids.  Hence they have almost become almost extinct in the UK.

    In my shady garden I have mostly the commom male fern growing at the front of shrub borders.  An idea I got from a Chelsea show garden.  This year they have over-luxuriated, so I am planning in the winter to dig up, divide and space them out.   My woodland bit could do with a lot more.
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,573
    Ferns make excellent compost for growing ... ferns!
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