They say that you wait a long while for a bus then two or three come along at the same time. Seems it is a bit like that with Hotbins!
I learned that my North Lancing buddies Joyce and Peter bought theirs back in March this year. Of course with lockdown and restrictions we have not been able to meet up but we were able to do that recently. And there is the Hotbin Mini! I do think that these bins look good, more so here against the lovely flint wall. Three months into it they are looking to use the compost later this month
As well as producing compost the Hotbin makes Leachate, a liquid fertiliser that is diluted 1:10, another bonus
Joyce, Peter and I will be comparing notes on how we are getting on and including that in the Blog
I have now begun the trial by putting materials into the Hotbin! A really interesting mixture to begin with
We are now getting into the routine of filling up the Hotbin. I am tending not to just put one type of material at a time, rather a mix. So if there are lots of green materials then I also add shredded paper of chippings. This fulfils one of the recommendations based on the experiences of others that I read about, to keep everything dryer rather than wetter
So, a beginning!
Gardening became a new pursuit during the pandemic. Being in the fresh air, growing food, seeing beautiful flowers and gaining a sense of achievement about those became a new and enjoyable phenomena to large numbers of people. They joined the existing roll call of those dedicated to the plants, the flowers and the fauna. Everyone had a boost to their wellbeing.
That sense of achievement that I mentioned is a powerful thing. Being able to say "I grew that" never sounded better. Those potatoes, roses, herbs and cucumbers were much discussed. Against the dark background of the pandemic these flashes of light were powerful and created interest both for the achievements but also at a time heightened interest in the environment and Planet Earth. Contributions were made to that and learning too
There is still a fair bit of mystery about compost. Not the sacks of material that we buy for sowing seeds and growing plants but garden compost, the heart of good soil and plants
I make garden compost at the Home Garden and Plot 106. Using large plastic compost bins I am reasonably good at it
It was a considerable pleasure to be asked to take part in the Adur trial and I will be regularly updating my progress on here ...
Hi. I am Andy Brook, a gardener in Lancing, West Sussex UK. In May 2021 I was chosen to take part in a composting trial by Adur District Council who very generously gave me a state of the art Hotbin composter made by leading edge Hotbin Composting these blogs are about how I got on!