I decided recently to use up the leaf-mould I started in the Autumn of 2008, mainly because I need the space in my bin for this year's leaves. I lifted off the plastic compost bin vertically, and this is what was revealed:
|The leaf-mould just after removing the compost bin|
The 2008 season's leaves looked almost like commercial compost - dark, crumb-like and completely odourless, whereas the 2009 leaves were still in fairly large pieces. Significantly there were no worms in it. If this had been compost, it would have been teeming with worms. Why would a worm want to eat dry old maple leaves, when there are juicy vegetable peelings to be had in the next compost bin???
|The outer surfaces were pretty dry|
I spent the next half-hour or so forking batches of the stuff into a trug-tub and distributing it around my flower borders.
|The best of the "2008 vintage"|
So now I'm back to square one, ready to cope with this year's leaves.