Emptying the compost bins...
This week was a job for moving and mixing compost bins. Autumn is a great time to spread mulch in the garden, by doing it now you then get the wind, rain and the frost doing the job of working it into the soil for you, so come next spring its mostly gone. Also by spreading a mulch around plants or on bare soil you prevent the winter rains from washing the goodness out. This bin is a New Zealand style bin which has 3 sections, section 1 for fresh, section 2 partly composted and then stage 3 final composting. We empted the compost from stage 3 and moved and turned the other 2 stages
We spread a generous layer over a bare allotment, trying to get the area ready for cultivation for planting loads more Japanese Onions and Garlics
we also applied a thick layer onto some raised beds we had previously cleared
After 6 hours of work the bins were emptied, stage 1 and 2 waste was turned and moved and the soils in the allotment and the raised bed have had some amazing pure organic compost added to them. This addition of organic matter is vital for making a healthy soil, a healthy soil uses fertiliser and water more efficiently, so a simple job like spreading manure or compost aroudn your plants in the autumn pays great dividends next summer....
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