Compost hell

Compost heapEmptied the compost heap the other day. Never looks like a daunting job, but it always ends up knackering me.

The compost ‘congeals’ in places, and you have to hack at it with a spade to lever it up and out. This year’s yield was a great vintage – rich, dark and crumbly – but I paid for it in sweat and back ache.

Compost spread on the plot

And now the evenings are drawing in, so my mood’s turning a little dark. I HATE this time of year.

PS Just for Cat, a pic of my compost spread out on next year’s brassica bed (click to enlarge). Looks remarkably like the soil now that it’s dried out.

8 Responses to “Compost hell”

  1. tanya walton Says:

    It really does look like that could be back breaking work…luckily for me i have only just started a compost heap so I don’t have this problem…YET…maybe you should think about fashioning a door at the bottom of the container so you could drag rather than lift it out??? With my parents this year we cheated and just lifted the whole thing up so it was easy to spread!”!!

  2. Rachael Says:

    It is a back breaking job but one of the most satisfying I think. Unfortunately the recent crap weather has prevented me from doing any allotment jobs at all.

  3. VP Says:

    Yikes – I’ve got 8 of them to deal with!

    So good to see you’ve been giving us your light and sunny side so far this year, Soilman 😉

  4. Manor Stables Veg Plot Says:

    What, no pictures of the crumbly, black, loamy compost…NO compost porn? You do dissapoint Mr Soilman

  5. Soilman Says:

    OK, Cat, you got me: I’ll post some compost porn pix!

  6. Jo Says:

    The front of my compost bin has wooden slats which can be removed. It makes it easier to remove the compost rather than digging it out from the top.

  7. Soilman Says:

    Mine has, too, Jo… but even with the wretched slats out, I find it’s often quite hard to break up the compost!

  8. Manor Stables Veg Plot Says:

    Ohhhhh, Soilman, with that picture of raw compost, you’re spoiling me….. (said in style of Ferrer Rocher, cos sounds a bit weird when you read back over it not knowing!)