Lacking the necessary forward planning/energy to collect more manure today, I decided to dig another couple of rows of the veg plot and used some of the compost instead (main advantage – compost heap approx 18 inches from veg plot!).  Took off the top layer of largely unrotted straw (from a past mucking out of the hen house) from the centre section of the compost heap, and beneath was riches – lovely dark crumbly compost, with hundreds of worms. 

I cleared the whole centre section which just neatly filled two trenches – so hopefully the wonderful worms are now doing good work in their new, much larger, home – making the soil rich and nutritious for future plants.  It was a very satisfying hour’s work.