You gotta love goats. They are such good turners. They spend all day turning food into
Talking of composts, I had the traditional three bay compost system going. The front of the bays had reinforcing mesh and they were divided the same way. Now I have, more than once, cursed the walls and the front of my bays. They made it hard to combine piles and turning them often ended with skinned knuckles and cursing...I am very good at cursing.
Bush chick blogged about their compost which was just one big space housing three piles.
Aha! A light bulb moment for Hazel.
I have overhauled the composts with the help of my feathered friends.
First I combined two piles. They are cool now and the worms and other bugs are doing their job. I took down the front and made a new pile.
This is the new pile. The gate is temporary, to hold the pile in place until it amalgamates.
|Note the fork (or as one visiting wag described a Thork because it only has 3 tines). Yep, it is now the compost tool.|
Under the grey carpet is the amalgamated pile which will be ready for winter plantings. And on the right, the new pile. In the middle there is room to turn one of these piles into before I make a new one.
As always the composition of the new pile is grass clippings, household scraps, straw and manure.
Footnote: I went out yesterday morning only 14 hours after assembling this compost, and it was extremely hot already. I could put my hand a little way into it but could not leave it there as it was too hot. I don't think I have had one that hot before. The only thing I did differently was to add a container of home made liquid fertilizer. Maybe it was full of good microbes.