|Pallet Compost Bin - Full and Ready to Shut Down|
For me composting is one of the foundation stones of a good allotment.
Recycling cleared crops and weeds to provide nutrients and soil conditioning to the growing beds year on year.
I have three compost bins on my plot - the idea is that one or two are "live" at any given time - while another is closed down and left to rot down into good quality compost.
This is now my "live" compost bin that I'm filling with the green waste from Autumn harvested crops and weeding.
To do this I've put a layer of cardboard on top, then covered this with a layer of wood chips. This will help to keep the heat in and the compost to rot down and mature more quickly. At the same time it will let the rain in - as some moisture is needed for the process.
So next Autumn I can empty out around half a ton of rich compost - all for free - and the whole natural cycle begins again.