Posted: 06/01/2012 at 11:43
Three questions, please.
One; if you add 2" or 3" of compost to your garden every year, doesn't it eventually start mounting up, raising the level? My mother's garden ended up almost a foot above street level, but that might have been because when she bought the old house the soil was only a foot deep, on top of a layer of mussel shells and pure sand, so the compost really didn't have anywhere to go. Will this happen to my raised beds?
Second question; how long should it take to decompose in cold, northern Scotland? I need the sunny spots in my small garden for me, not compost bins, so they are in the shady bits, and the stuff seems to take ages to turn onto even half-digested compost.
Third question; I have a cat who doesn't go out - by choice, not because I keep her in - so she has no worms or diseases caught from other cats. She eats dry food, mostly - again by choice, picky little madam. In her litter tray I use fine-shredded waste paper. I've been emptying this into the compost, to act as an activator. Is this okay?