At the Zoo, we collect our leaves, some plant material,
herbivore animal waste and put it in a huge pile to “cook.” We have been adding
it to our beds beginning with the annual change outs. As we work our way
through our beds, putting our plants to rest for the winter, we are adding a
thin 1” layer to the top of our beds. This layer will break down over the
winter adding nutrients, bringing decomposers to the beds, and improving our
soil. This last factor is the main reason we are beginning...