This week I’ve noticed the shortening of daylight at the start and end of the day, autumn is fast approaching. Before the August Bank Holiday heatwave arrives I’ve managed to make a few late afternoon visits to the allotment. The task has been the compost area.
In one corner of the plot, in fact the same location where a compost heap once stood before I took ownership, I set about cleaning the area. To stop the brambles coming in from the railway line I placed two sheets of corrugated iron. Against these I’ve placed my compost bins.
A few months ago I was sent the Super Compost Bin to trial. It was designed by Tony Callaghan who also created the HotBin Composter which I’ve been using for the past few years. This new Super Compost Bin works on the same principles as the HotBin – creating compost within 90 days. It was very easy to assemble but even if it does produce usable compost within the advertised 90 days, I’m very confident that the price tag will put off any gardener. A 200-litre version is currently selling at £325 with the 1000-litre bin priced at £625.
The porus rubber pipe, as shown in the photograph, is to supply air to the base of the compost. Tony assured me this is all that is needed to circulate air, he also points out that you don’t have to create layers of materials as you would in traditional methods.
Next to this new larger bin I’ve put my old HotBin Composter which I’ve been using for several years. It produces lovely compost but you really need two for effective management. In a few weeks I will be taking delivery of HotBin Composter version 2.0, this is a slimmer model and has the facility to store the compost liquid in the base so it can be used as a fertiliser. Once this is in place I will be set-up for compost production. It will be interesting to compare these various methods over the coming months, at the moment I’m favouring the original HotBin Composter because it won’t take long to fill up which means compost to use in the garden much quicker – just how long will it take to fill up the Super Compost Bin! Only time will tell.
Until I’ve tested out the other versions, I’m currently recommending the following as being good value for money and for producing some wonderful compost – a great addition to any garden and allotment.