Hello everyone I have just cleared out a patch of mint and am wondering how best to compost the remains? I don't think it's going to be possible for me to build a hot compost heap - I don't have enough materials. I have an open compost pile that I am adding layers to when I have enough stuff and also a black plastic 'dalek' type bin. Could I put it in eiether of these, or do I have to somehow kill it first? Also - does anyone have any clever ideas for what I should plant in the space I've just cleared? It's a triangle that probably covers almost a square metre at the northern most point of my patch, so it gets reasonable sun. The soil is fairly heavy clay, though I have a bit of home-made compost I can add to it. At the moment it's covered in a thick mulch of straw. Some thoughts I've had include: *Just leave it under mulch until Spring (a couple of months away) *potatoes (to break up the soil) - plant them in august? *build a herb sprial *put in a little pond (in an attempt to invite slug/snail predators, though there are many cats that roam the back yard, so that might be a little optimistic?) *cover crop (mustard/phacelia/buckwheat or broad beans/wheat/rye) If I don't put in the pond (because it would be better in a shadier spot? because the cats would destroy any chance of frogs coming to live in it?) - my main goal would be to improve the heavy clay soil. Anyway - any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.