Is there anything wrong with doing BOTH leaf composting and leaf mold in SAME wire bin?
Early May 2008, I set up a 5feet diameter (and 4 feet tall) wire bin and filled it with ~2feet of dried oak leaves.
Then I put in ~2 gallons of fruit/veggie cuttings.
I covered that with several inches of same leaves.
Since then I've done that about 2 more times.
The bin has been moist, then kinda dried (I did water it a bit), and now wet (because of ~daily rain).
Because of the size of the bin, I don't intend to rotate/aerate it.
I've been reading a lot about leaf compost and a lot about leaf mold, but nothing really in between.
--> Can I treat this bin as a leaf mold and let it rot for ?1-3years?
--> Can I continue to add more leaves to it? Can I add more greens (fruit/veggie cuttings) to it?
--> Should I cover the bin with plastic tarp? I think it would dry up once the weather gets hotter in the summer. The bin is in 1/2+ shade.
still learning; want to use the 'black gold' on my sad-sad lawn,
thank you for your help,