The problem is really that I have mulched a good part of the plot with the free horse litter available from the bins around the site and now want to dig compost into the ground beneath it. I have used some of the heap of compost outside the plot in my bean trench but now I have problems elsewhere as the mulch is in the way!
The solution so far has been to scrape the mulch to one side on a strip then dig in compost. This works well for my peas and beans as they are planted out in rows at least 2 ft apart as the mulch will form a good pathway between the rows. However, how I will use it where I want to dig in the compost all over is beyond me at the moment. The effort of scraping the mulch aside, digging in the compost then re-spreading the mulch is probably too much!
On the plus side I have just been offered lots of bags of leaves for my empty leaf mould bin!