I mowed yesterday using my bag on the mower . Because leaves are falling. .
And got two contractor bags full of leaves and grass. Think 55 gallon barrel
bag size. Can I leave them in the bags and put them on the garden next
spring. Or do I have to make a mulch container. I think I can get 4 bags of
grass when I mow. I was thinking of tying 4 pallets together if I have to
make a container.
I use chicken wire (actually the larger 1.5" grid wire) for the compost
bins. 99% of the grass and leaves stay in the bin.
Many years ago Dad used to use bricks(cinder blocks) to build a pen,
worked as well.
Can you buy hay where you live? If you can, 4 bales of hay set with just
each corner touching each other will be a great place to put this mix. By
next Spring you'll have the mulch you mowed and mulch from the bales which
will have turned quietly to a good mulching material. And they age to a
nice grey unlike man made objects in the garden.
Mould could be grey but unlikely. When I say that it ages to grey, I mean
that the exterior of the bale goes the colour of old untreated wood. It's
never happened, in my experience, that this grey outer surface will be
mould. But if you suspect it is, wear a mask when you spread it so you
dont' inhale the spores.
Compost needs air and water to help in the decomposition of the compost.
If you want something cheap and I would go with a single wire bin.
Chicken wire works but can be hard to handle. When time to turn, remove
wire and place next to it and give those arms a good workout. However,
depending on that pile and your health, a grass mask may be needed.
I cheat, one large open pile and use the John Deer's front loader to
turn the pile and use the front loader to disperse it in the spring.
Guilty of using a little extra carbon fuel, so their is some quilt here.
No plastic, wire or treated wood pallets though. Takes less than five
minutes to turn.
Enjoy Life... Dan L (Garden in zone 5a Michigan)
You can leave the stuff in bags and just add it as you need it--I've done
that before when neighbors give us dozens of bags of leaves. Some of it
will be moldy after time, but that's fine. If you want to compost, pallets
are a good idea to hold it in, though I use three wired together instead of
four, with one side open to make it easier to turn the stuff and get it out.
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