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I'm sure I'm not the first to do this, but I've used builders' bulk bags to store gathered leaves to rot down. I don't know how well this method will work, so if anyone has any experience of this technique I'd be interested to hear.
does it have drainage holes? a wire cage is usually used
to allow rain to run through. otherwise they will be a wet mush!
They don't fill up with water when they sit around with sand in them
I believe that they are pretty porous; you may wish to jab it with a garden fork a few times
It is actually easier to put the leaves in plastic bags, make holes with a fork and then chuck them in a corner, out of sight, and leave them to turn into leaf mould; you will be disappointed with the yield as they rot down to almost nothing.
I use them all the time. I have about 20 of them dotted around in our wooded area and they work well. They're made of a " woven" plastic so they do not collect water.
They are also very useful for woody shreddings when doing annual maintenance in a wooded area, leave for a year or two and you get a great mulch.
Thanks everyone. I've poked a few holes in the bottom. Have filled one and starting on a second and probably a third. Too many black bags Welshonion. Had already filled twenty-five before I thought of the bulk bags.
I filled two of them two years ago, they rotted down to half in one year , so I tipped them both into one, and damped them down again. I put a bit of chicken wire on the top to stop them blowing around .