Composting is not an imitation of nature. Cold composting is. Hot composting is a far different process and is not normally a naturally occurring thing.
Compost is made in two ways here at Bealtaine Cottage.
The first is what most people would imagine is the only way…certainly the one favoured in all the gardening books…where everything is kept neat and stacked and covered and turned and generally fiddled about with!
Yes, I have one of those heaps on the go and yes it works great…if one is in a hurry for the finished product; rich, crumbly, dark and nutritious food for plants!
However, I have just begun to uncover my lazy compost…where I have done zilch in terms of work, throwing all the garden wastes into an ever-expanding mound of general untidiness!
Pushing back the top layer of waste and flinging it back into the mound on the far-side, I uncovered this superb compost yesterday!
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