My two compost bins have been pretty full for a while, and clearly not much was going on inside – plus I had a pile of material to go in.. So I started to look for a new additional compost bin to help with the situation and then started to look up composting in general. So, I discovered, there is hot composting – which can mean material is ready n less than a year – and there is cold composting, when material takes maybe a couple of years to compost.
It all seems to come down to aerating the pile – which with my existing bins was extremely difficult, and monitoring the temperature. Then I discovered there was such a thing as a ‘compost thermometer’, and also a compost mixer.
Well having had a look at my bins I could see they were certainly cold and not doing a lot of composting, so the amount of material to go in was just going to grow. So my composting technique wasn’t really the best – though I have produced reasonable amount in the past, the method could clearly be better.
So what to do? I bought a new bin, thermometer and mixer of course and they all turned up in the last couple of days so as today was fine and warm enough (10 degC while I was out and sunny) I spent some time putting the new bin together (not easy I might say), testing the temperature of my existing bins (cold!) and trying to mix them up with my new mixer – (not very successful until I took a lot out and put it in the new bin).