Indeed, it is the collector of leaking buckets who knows what succor the right piece of trash could bring to a person in need--of a needle, a knife blade, or the unrotted
portion of a potato.
Once you have removed the best compost, the unrotted
material can be placed at the base of the heap, leaving you space to put all the autumn garden waste in.
In an open heap, piled up in a corner of the garden, the edges dry out quickly so the entire heap has to be turned two or three times during the rotting process to push the unrotted
material into the center.
All this leads to is an unrotted
dry barrier about six inches in depth all around the heap.
Strip the unrotted top layer of material from the finished heap and set it aside.
Line bottom of emptied compost box or heap with the unrotted material.
hay is removed in the spring, leaving loose soil that can be turned with a hand trowel.
If your compost heap is full, take off the top unrotted
part of the heap and dig out the well-rotted part for use in the vegetable or flower garden.
Just dumping raw manure full of unrotted
straw, wood shavings or sawdust on the soil won't improve it in the short term.