I only started using horse manure about 3 years ago, as a source became easily available. Prior to that I used leaves, grass clippings, table scraps, layered with sandy soil from the yard. My compost looks slightly better with the manure added but only slightly so IMO. Your method will work fine and fits very nicely with my keep it simple style. The components may not break down as fast as you would like, but be patient and just keep adding the organic matter to the pile. Given your restricted area, you may want to consider one of those tumblers to contain the compost and to help accelerate the decomposition. Is not necessary but may be desireable in your situation.
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on Wed Jul 23, 2008 10:43 pm, edited 1 time in total.