Make Leaf Mold
If you are interested in leaf mold, you can choose between two popular ways of making it. Both methods are easy, with little work required. The first method consists of gathering your leaves into a wire or wood bin or just piling them in the corner of your backyard.
Whether you choose a bin or a pile, it should be at least 3 feet wide and tall. Once they are gathered, dampen the whole pile and let it sit for 6 to 12 months. Make sure you check the moisture level once in a while, especially during dry periods, when you might need to add more water.
If you want to try the second method, you will need a large plastic garbage bag. Gather the leaves, fill the bag and moisten them before sealing the bag. Then, cut holes in the bag for airflow and let it sit. Don’t forget to check the bag every couple of months and, in case the leaves are dry, add more water. After six months to a year, your mold will be ready to use. If you want to fasten the process, you should break the leaves into very small pieces to help them decompose more quickly.
Another great way to pamper your soil with mold faster is to turn your leaf pile every few weeks using a garden fork or a shovel. Or, if you are trying the second method, give the plastic bag a good shake or turn it over. This way, air will enter the process, speeding decomposition.