And whilst on the subject of compost,we opened up BIn No 2 this week, and just look at the goodness that spilled out. Compost is such amazing stuff! I put everyhting possible in, from kitchen peelings, soft green weeds, chopped up nettles, comfrey,
haulms from peas, beans, potatoes, old tomato plants, flowers that are finished, shredded paper, torn up paper egg boxes, cardboard and newspapers, chopped up prunings from the fruit trees, in fact anything of plant origin really. The green stuff provides
mainly nitrogen and the brown stuff mainly carbon, and through the action of micro-organisms the whole lots slowly turns into the beautiful crumbly brown material you can see here.
It only takes a 5cm depth added to soil to make a significant difference
to its structure and nutrient content, and over the last six years our heavy alluvial clay on #146 has been transformed, with each bed taking its turn to get a lovely dark brown blanket from time to time. Worms love it too and draw much of it into the soil
themselves, without us having to actually dig it in.
So although this is not traditionally considered as a harvest, for me, it is one of the most important!
Bin No 3 is still "cooking" and will be ready for use in the Spring, and Bin No
1 is now full to bursting and so it now wrapped over for the Winter. A new batch will be started in Bin No 2 this week, and so it goes round, bin by bin.