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                                    slowlybreaksdowncomplexplantpolymersintoformsthatarebiologicallyaccessibleAtthispointdetritivorestakeoverandthroughdigestionhelpturnthisintoafinegrainedhumusItisthisthatwecallleafmouldIthaswaterholdingpropertieswhichisparticularlybeneficialforyoungplantsasitstopsthesoilfromdryingoutsoquicklyHumusisalsoagoodgeneralsoilconditioner.AsoilconditionerismaterialthathasbeenaddedtothesoiltoassistinimprovingsoiltextureandfertilityItisbetternottouseleavesnearroadstocreateleafmouldasthesemaybecontaminatedwithpollutantsfromtrafficHumusisadarkorganicmatterwhichisproducedthroughdecayingplantandanimalmatter.ThetoplayerofsoilfoundinwoodlandsisagoodexampleofhumusItsthisthatwearereplicatingthroughmakingleafmouldSomedetritivoreswillalsohavebeenincorporatedintothemixastheydieHumuscanhavemanynutrientsthatareimportantforthegrowthandhealthofplantsItsthetoplayerofsoilinwoodlandsandisbestusedasthetoplayerinthegardenHumusthereforecanbelaidasamulchasitwillitselfbeslowlyincorporatedintothesoilbelowAsuccessfulgardenisdependentonhealthysoilIhavesimplifiedthebiologicalprocessesinthedescriptionsaboveandhopefullytheyareclearforthegeneralreader.TheprocessitselfisverycomplexTherewillbeaspecialcolumnnextmonthwhichIthinkwillbeofinteresttomanygardeningreadersUntilthenIhopethatallofyourplotsareproductiveTheEGO®11https://cambriangardener.couk/
                                
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