Straw was the easiest but most of the horses were on shavings so we had a system to help compost it as quickly as possible. I avoided paper.
We had a large, concrete area, which had five foot walls on three sides of a shallow rectangle.
The bedding was added to one side first (usually the left), flattened and tided like you would a stable bed. When the pile reached a certain height, a new one was started alongside. As time went on, a third one was created, so that we had three, neat piles in different stages of decay.
Every so often, each pile was turned to allow air inside to help the bacteria etc. break down the material.
Heat means that it is working; we needed piles about three or four feet high to create heat but colder climates may need bigger piles. The midden was the best place to warm your feet in the winter months!
Once a year, the majority of it was removed by a farmer but we also had locals visit to take some home for their gardens. Usually, we kept some of the newest pile and shifted it to the left side to start the process again.
Last edited by Caledonian; 12-09-2019 at 11:22 AM.