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I do not have much room in my garden for a compost bin, but I would like a small one for leaves as we have an oak tree at the bottom of our garden and a park full of trees opposite which always blow down our drive and under the gate. Can anyone recommend a place that does small bins? Thanks Caz


  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    You'd be better making your own Caz.  Drive four stakes into the ground in a square (about 1m along each side, but dependent on what you have room for and how many leaves you have) and wrap a length of chicken wire around them to make a cage.  Tip the leaves in there and forget about them for a year or two.

    If you want someting a bit prettier, put a few lighter stakes along each side and weave flexible prunings horizontally to make a similar cage.

  • Caz8Caz8 Posts: 69
    Thanks Steve 309, good idea, will think about the flexible prunings.
  • I bag our leaves up in black bin bags, tie the tops, make some holes in the bottom with a gardening knife and stack them in a corner out of the way.  They usually turn into lovely leaf-mould in about 12 months - sometimes I add them in layers to the compost heap when they've partially rotted down, usually after about 6 months. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Caz8Caz8 Posts: 69
    Thanks Dovefromabove another great idea.
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