Make a Leaf Mold
A leaf mold is a pile of composted shredded leaves that decompose over time. First, shred your dry leaves (it’s easier to shred leaves when they are dry). Then moisten the leaves and add them to a bag. Add a few holes to the sides of the bag. Then store the bag for one to two years. The leaves will eventually change from dark brown to black. After your leaves have decomposed you can use them for mulching in garden beds, or toss them on a compost pile to decompose with other organic matter.
Create Compost Tea
Before you start to make compost tea you will need a 10 gallon bucket and an aquarium pump, good quality compost, water and aeration, and compost catalyst. (You can get compost catalyst at your local farm store)
1. Fill a bucket with water and let it sit for a day, to release all the chlorine.
2. Add the compost catalyst. Catalyst is a mixture of nutrients that helps the micro-organisms multiply.
3. Put the compost in a “sachet” in the bucket to let steep.
4. Then add the pump and let air pump through the compost tea for 24 hours. The tea can then be added to soil around your plants, and leftover compost can be added to your garden bed.