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I've often thought of collecting leaves from the road side as we get huge piles gathering from oak and beech trees but get put off by the thought of the traffic fumes affecting the resulting leaf mould. We're only talking about a country road not a motorway so I suppose even if the leaves are polluted it's not going to be by a huge amount and if I don't use it in the veg garden it should be ok.
We had sweet peas in flower right into November (North Derbyshire)
Having heard good things about making leaf mould in bin bags, each year we have lived in our current house I've made a mental note to collect the huge piles of leaves that collect on our front drive. However, each year my husband, who isn't normally proactive when it comes to the garden, has got there first, cleared them all up and taken them down to the local tip......... and expects 'Brownie Points' for doing it aaarrgghhh
Appeal to his pocket,CazR by telling him how much it costs to buy a bag of leaf mould.