You can have multipurpose compost, so why not a multipurpose compost heap?
I was thinking about my plans for a rainwater-harvesting compostarium, which will hopefully be sited over the larger of my two heaps and was struck with a (very small, possibly useless) brainwave.
I had hoped to grow butternut and gem squash directly on top of my compost heap, which left me with a quandry of where they would go (squash obviously like to trail, but I didn’t want them sat in damp compost and possibly going rotten). The plan is fairly simple: I could construct a raised platform above the compost heap, which the squash can grow onto, and trail across. So, I took one of my Gem Squash as a trial and transplanted it out, under a cloche, directly into the compostarium.
I think, to be fair, I was a little hasty in actually putting a seedling in situ, but we’ll see. If I’m lucky with the weather (!) then it may be well away before the others have even been transplanted out. I may pop half a plastic bottle over it as well, though, for the first few nights.
Elsewhere on the plot, I utilised the rest of my cloches to protect a row of Purple Queen dwarf French beans (seeds, not transplants) which are to be sited directly in front of my raspberry canes, began brewing a batch of nettle tea (which I will pour onto the compost heap to feed the squashes when the time is right) and got a row of Bright Lights swiss chard seedlings in. All in all a pretty productive Bank Holiday weekend!