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coccinellacoccinella Posts: 1,364

Good morning. Do you think this is ready to go on blueberries? It is about 18 months old, from maple trees.

What about raspberries? 



Luxembourg

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  • Jenny_AsterJenny_Aster Posts: 936
    Looks good to me. Sieve it and put the 'bits' back on the compost to break down further. 
    Trying to be the person my dog thinks I am! 

    Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,940
    That’s some of the best leaf mould I have seen.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • LTobyLToby Posts: 224
    i always put them as they are now, and allow them to continue decomposing around plants ... 
    Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,762
    I agree - looks great. I'd just remove the most obvious twiggy bits if the b'berries are potted. Probably wouldn't matter if they're in the ground  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • coccinellacoccinella Posts: 1,364
    Thank you guys. I will go ahead with mulching then. Next autumn will be collecting again. 

    Luxembourg
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,511
    Leaf mould is wonderful, but (for me) hard-won stuff. Most of mine is made up of tough, evergreen holm oak leaves. It takes 2-3 years to break down but finally, the next lot is ready! Two wheelbarrows of lovely black gold to add to a new bed..

    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • coccinellacoccinella Posts: 1,364
    I filled 4 bin bags which reduced by more than 3/4. I must have stored it correctly then. The only snag is that last autumn I was unwell and failed to collect. 

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  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,511
    It does shrink alarmingly doesn’t it?!
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,940
    Black Gold.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,762
    That's a pity you couldn't get more last autumn @coccinella. I don't really have enough suitable places to put bags [I find that works very well] so I didn't get any new stuff either. I got mine from a girl round the corner from me, as I don't have any useful deciduous trees in this garden. 
    Mine is still breaking down, but I did use some when I prepped an area for my new raspberries. It wasn't too bad, but I've left the rest to break down further.
    It's a great resource, and yes - it's incredible how small the pile is after it's done @Nollie!
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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