leaf molding

sand_mueller(z 7a, oklahoma)March 12, 2014

This is a one year old pile. It's volumn is reduced by half, but its nowhere near ready to use as a potting soil.

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lazy_gardens

If you remove the top layer and p;lace it in another bin, you might find the lower part of the pile is very well composted.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 7:42PM
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sand_mueller(z 7a, oklahoma)

The leaves are not composted, They are molding and will be ready in another year of so.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2014 at 6:00PM
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gardener_mary(6 MA)

Molding is a form of composting, just a slow cold form.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2014 at 2:43AM
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sand_mueller(z 7a, oklahoma)

ok call it what you like. I push the idea of mold because the way nature handles leaves is different from the way it handles manures and food wastes which are broken down primarily with bacteria.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2014 at 2:48PM
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