HOTBIN – IT DOES WHAT IS SAYS ON THE BIN
Is it worth spending hard cash on a HOTBIN for your allotment?
Only you can determine this. But here’s what a few allotment users have said:
Gill / South Gosforth Allotments
“I’m delighted with the HOTBIN I’ve been trialling – it’s so easy to use, clean, never smells, works quickly looks attractive and now I know that the compost I’ve made contains very few weed seeds in it, which is a big bonus”.
Mary / Trimdon Community Allotment
“Even on the allotment site we can keep the temperature up to at least 40c. (After a little hiccup when we first started using the HOTBIN.) We have found that adding nettle tops of comfrey helps the decomposition process and keeps the temperature up. The number of worms in the bin is phenomenal and we wonder how they all get in. The compost will be ready for our spring planting”.
Karin / Morpeth Allotments
“The advantages that I have found for using a HOTBIN on the allotment:
- Produces good quality compost that can be used on the garden quickly. Several batches can be made each season which saves on buying commercial compost. I mix garden waste with household waste so that everything is utilised.
- I tend to use the HOTBIN as well as having a conventional compost heap. The main reason for this is that as I have trees and shrubs on the allotment all the bigger stuff goes on the heap and the smaller weeds go in the hot bin with the household waste. If I had a shredder, it could all go into the HOTBIN.
- The quality of the compost produced in the HOTBIN is good and well broken down, therefore easy to spread on the garden”.
Kevin Dowding Alnwick Gardens ‘Roots and Shoots’ team
“The HOTBIN is markedly faster and makes better compost than the dalek compost bins and definitely much improved on the pallet bins. Having used the HOTBIN for coming up on one year I have had compost out of it on three occasions so far and the compost has been of high quality with no resulting weed growth where applied. I’ve used it as an educational tool with visiting schools so they have seen the composting in action and hopefully have taken on board the messages and importance of good composting and garden waste recycling.
My initial worries concerned the fragility of the polypropylene walls of the composter when I was mixing or turning the layers. I appreciate this is not often required but old habits die hard and the temptation to mix more rotted down middle layers of the bin with freshly loaded top layers and added layers of activator or more woody material is inevitably there. The agitator provided is much appreciated, though I have caught some of my staff laying in to the bin with a spade in order to mix layers which I very quickly stopped. When it got fuller the door at the bottom proved difficult to stay on but the straps supplied certainly cured that problem.
The mixing is so much easier and quicker in comparison to the daleks and especially the pallet composters. Volumes needing mixed are so much smaller and the quality and lightness of the medium so much better in the HOTBIN that an awful lot of the sweat and backache of the chore has been removed.
Though it hasn’t been a hot summer the HOTBIN has maintained a considerably higher than ambient air temperature operating temperature and a considerable quantity of good quality, light, weed-free compost has been harvested from it on three separate occasions this season. Overall I have been impressed with the output and time taken so the HOTBIN has proved a low-maintenance and successful addition to our allotments.”
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