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Mar 30, 2018 1:43 PM CST
Name: ellenr
New Jersey, USA (Zone 7a)
I am starting to use the leaf mold I made from letting leaves sit for about 3-4 years. I'm adding it to my soil.
I have so much I want to give it to a fellow gardener.
But am wondering if it could be *too* old.
thx.
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Mar 30, 2018 3:13 PM CST
Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
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@ellenr22

In my experience the older the better with leaf mold. There is all kinds of life in leaf mold. If I were your neighbor, I would pay you good money for that stuff. But obviously you be the judge on how your plants like it.
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Mar 31, 2018 3:31 PM CST
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
I works great as a mulch/ weedbarrier. It decays down, into soil. Improving soil.
Working it into soil now, will deplete soil of nitrogen.
Best, worked into soil in fall, so it can decay some over winter. 👍👍

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Apr 1, 2018 4:12 AM CST
Name: ellenr
New Jersey, USA (Zone 7a)
Philip,
from what I've read leaf mold is already broken down - and therefore does not deplete soil of nitrogen.
Not saying you are wrong, just that there are different opinions...

which is why I am researching...

thanks.


Philipwonel said:I works great as a mulch/ weedbarrier. It decays down, into soil. Improving soil.
Working it into soil now, will deplete soil of nitrogen.
Best, worked into soil in fall, so it can decay some over winter. 👍👍

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Apr 3, 2018 8:08 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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leaf mould, not mold.

I would not work it into soil at all, just put it on the surface, like mother nature does in a forest.
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Apr 3, 2018 10:12 AM CST
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Yep !😀! It's great mulch, and fortifies the soil. Earthworms love it too ?👍!!!
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Apr 3, 2018 11:21 PM CST
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
If you have "too much" and don't have a neighbor who gardens, spread it around any trees you have. But quite frankly, I can't imagine having too much of the stuff for gardening and flowerbed usage. I could use a truckload of it!

If nothing else, just get a compost spreader and put 1/4" on your lawn each year.

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Apr 4, 2018 3:35 PM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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purpleinopp said:leaf mould, not mold.

I would not work it into soil at all, just put it on the surface, like mother nature does in a forest.

Me 2.
No such thing as "too much"!
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Apr 11, 2018 9:43 PM CST
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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Oh, I think I like that compost spreader.
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Apr 12, 2018 4:41 AM CST
Name: ellenr
New Jersey, USA (Zone 7a)
It is "mold"

I don't know what "mould" is, unless it is mold in UK. Sticking tongue out

purpleinopp said:leaf mould, not mold.

I would not work it into soil at all, just put it on the surface, like mother nature does in a forest.
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Apr 12, 2018 3:40 PM CST
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
Mold and mould are not the same thing. One is a pathogen and the other is a soil leaf and debris mixture.
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Apr 12, 2018 4:03 PM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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I 'googled' it...
apparently they're used interchangeably.... And while I'd always seen it with the 'u', it appears that any article from the states doesn't use it.

https://www.google.com/search?...

https://www.google.com/search?...
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Apr 12, 2018 8:35 PM CST
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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@stone — I don't know that it will make you feel any better but I've also seen it spelled with a 'u'. Whenever I did, however, I always skimmed past it.

Just reading the subject lines on your links to Google is kind of amusing. Thanks for posting.
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Apr 13, 2018 3:52 AM CST
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Well, if it is broken down into anything that resembles dirt, you have garden GOLD! Does that help? If not, give it another year for the garden or spread it around (not mounded up) any specimen trees now.
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Apr 13, 2018 5:48 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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That is the main point, Yardenman, by either spelling.
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