It is possible to make the chicken coop in effect a slow-burn compost heap
if you leave the earth itself as the floor, and keep it covered deeply with high-carbon organic litter.
Peeing on a compost heap
activates the composting process helps to produce a ready supply of lovely organic matter to add back to the garden," she added.
Keeping a bale of straw beside the compost heap
is well worth the space because straw is an excellent material to mix with cuttings.
Only in the very smallest gardens will it be difficult to find space for a compost heap
and material to fill it.
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Cut back perennials that have died down, and add to the compost heap
The hopper can be hydraulically lifted as high as seven feet into a trailer, dump truck or compost heap
Bear in mind that a compost heap
or bin isn't the garden's most attractivefeature, so it's a good idea to site it somewhere visually unintrusive.
Your compost heap
should reach temperatures between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit in four to five days.
Tempesta at the University of Missouri in Columbia exposed polyethylene films -- with or without 6 percent starch -- to conditions simulating a landfill, a compost heap
, an anaerobic waste-treatment plant and surface litter.
Start a compost heap
now and by the autumn you should be enjoying your own purpose-made soil.
WITH all the recycling we already do now - plastics in one bin, glass in another, garden matter and food waste also being separated - there has been no better time to start your own compost heap