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    I guess that any active bacterial part of the worm juice would die off after a while but the nutrients and minerals held in the juice would still be there yonks later

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    I've got a plastic tray wormery and I get very little juice. Could it be that the bedding is too dry?
    Back on topic, I too shredded some of the leaves and they seem much faster at breaking down into leaf mould then whole ones (they tend to stick together) :-/
    Does turning/aerating help or is that more the case with 'ordinary' compost?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZsaZsa View Post
    I've got a plastic tray wormery and I get very little juice. Could it be that the bedding is too dry?
    Back on topic, I too shredded some of the leaves and they seem much faster at breaking down into leaf mould then whole ones (they tend to stick together) :-/
    Does turning/aerating help or is that more the case with 'ordinary' compost?
    No, turning is not good for leafmould. The operative word here is mould. You are not composting the leaves with bacteria breaking them down as in a compost heap, you are leaving them for moulds and fungi to break down so the less disturbance the better as you don't want to damage the fungal filaments that will slowly spread through the leaves.
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    Rather than using bin bags that rip and deteriorate after a while, I've got some of mine stored in old compost bags (the others have been mowed first and put straight on the beds).

    The 75 ltr bags are ideal when stuffed with mowed/shredded leaves and are as hardy as good quality rubble bags.

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    I did mine last year in a wheelie bin. Worked great. No air holes drilled, just the lid on the top which was always closed. Took about 6 to 8 months.

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    I've shredded my leaves and filled 3 tonne bags, drenched with a mix of water and urine. Asked me dad to check if the shredded leaves were warm, told me they were hot... bless, I forgot to tell him to wash his donnies afterwards.
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    I have sooooo much leafmould. Ten big boxes full. I’ve been mulching with it. Used a bit after sieving for baby parsley plants which worked well. and I have some coarser stuff I’ve used with BFB for potatoes in pots. Which may or may not work....

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    I’m a bit worried about slugs though

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