I've worked with compost heat and compost but the guru is Jean Pain. I wanted to find his book for years and a few days ago there it was! I'm only on page 10 but thought I should pass it along. It's about a 5 MB download:
found the book interesting, definately different environment than i have here in Michigan but useful information none the less
many many years ago we had a lot of large aspen trees removed from a small area of our property and when they removed them they left all the tops and parts that they didn't want in large heaps all over our woods..the aspens of course regrow in a matter of a few years by the gobs, as they sprout about 100 trees from every one cut..so the woods had regrown in no time..but those piles of leaves and brush were left for wildlife and left to rot..
since that time..about 20 years ago...those piles have turned into rich earth, about 5 acres of rich earth..
at this time I am trying to decide how to use our forest area, a lot of the dead and dying aspen trees (short lived) need to be removed, there are also ash, maple, oak and cherry as well as some other types of trees in the mix..but mostlly aspen.
I have thought of removing some of the parts from the large piles of compost and using it on our garden, but i don't really want to remove too much from the woods ..we do ocmpost here on our other areas of our property..but i can see that removing some of this rich compsoted soil might be a benefit to our more cultivated part of our property
i ahve been ina process of reforesting the previously cultivated parts of the property we own, as i felt that the open land wasn't as useful as the forested areas..and we have also been building wildlife corridors on our property for the wildlife to have cover from woods to woods..forming small glens and forests on the property and in our yard as well as hedgerows with eidible and non edible tress shrubs and vines which now extend from our woods across the two cultivated acres to the road where the wildlife can cross into swamps on the other side of our road.
our property being n ow a wildlife corridor makes it a very interesting situation as we have the most amazine interaction with wildlife year around
Bloom where you are planted.