Composting woody plants over 20 months?
I've just cut back some ivy, and next month I'll be cutting back my hedge quite hard. I'm putting all the cuttings - for the time being - in my council garden waste bin.
The problem lies in the fact they want to charge £25 to have it emptied once a month from April to September.
I won't have nearly enough waste at that time of year (they don't empty it when I'll be pruning things hard, and in the summer anything that needs disposing of will likely be compostable, dandelions etc can be burned or just chucked in with normal household waste) It seems a colossal waste of money. I could bring it all to the tip, but that's a lot of effort.
My thought is that I could leave it all in the wheely bin until next November, giving it 10-11 months to start to break down. Then, when I take out the compost from my dalek style bin (will only be emptied once a year - I don't have much stuff to compost) I can chuck the old trimmings in to start off next years pile, giving the whole lot nearly two years to degrade.
Will this work? I don't mind lumps in my compost - it will just be dug in anyway - the garden was all graveled over when I bought the house so my soil is desperate for any goodies I can get.