Help us achieve our goals:
make a donation »
Join the RHS today and
support our charity
Free personalised gardening advice
RHS members get reduced ticket prices
RHS members get free access to RHS Gardens
Reduced prices on RHS Garden courses and workshops
020 3176 5800
Mon – Fri | 9am – 5pm
Make a donation
Join the RHS today and support our charity
I have forgotten my password
Keep me signed in
Register for free to receive our newsletters, add comments to blogs/articles and to save content.
See what events are on near you and browse your bookmarked pages.
Making your own compost is great fun and really good for your garden. You can make special compost out of leaves which is called leaf mould to improve soil or act as a mulch to keep weeds out.
4 bamboo canes, about 1.5m high
4 eye protectors or yoghurt pots to protect your eyes from the canes
4.5m plastic netting/windbreak netting
Thin gardening wire, cut into 10 pieces each 8-10cm long
Put the eye protectors on the top of each cane for safety. Push the first corner cane firmly into the ground.
Using the measuring sticks, form a 1 x 1m square from the first cane and firmly push the other three canes into position.
Unroll the netting and slowly walk around the four canes, so that the two ends meet and the four canes are enclosed.
Fix the netting to the canes, by passing the wire through the net and twisting the two ends together tightly around the cane. Apply at least two pieces of wire per cane, spaced at the top and bottom.
On the last cane, the netting should overlap and the wire should feed through both layers. The loose ends of the netting can either be cut off or attached to the other piece of netting with another piece of wire. This will form an enclosed bin ready for lots of leaves.
Once the leaves start falling, collect the leaves and start to fill your bin.
Water in the layers as you go, as this helps to rot the leaves down. It may take up to a year before the leaf mould is ready to dig in to improve the soil or use as mulch.
We're a UK charity established to share the best in gardening. We want to enrich everyone's life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.
Join the RHS today and get 12 months for the price of 9