You’ll have some great compost after adding all of your garden and food waste into the HOTBIN for 90 days.
Check if your compost is ready to use!
Look at this video to see if your HOTBIN compost is ready.
HOTBIN compost is usually very sticky and moist, potentially quite lumpy and perhaps even looking as though it needs to be or composted further before it can be used. Tests show that rather than being ‘poorly’ composted in this state it’s actually quite the reverse.
HOTBIN compost is great news for your soil and plants as it provides water and nutrients to the soil. The plants interact with the via the root zone so it is logical that it needs digging in. Yes, rain will leach nutrients down and earthworms will eat compost on the surface and expel it underground
Ready? Let’s look at some ways to use it!
- Indoor Plants: add 1cm around the top or remove from the plant pot and add 1cm in the base
- Established Flower Beds:
- Lawns: normally using compost to top dress the lawn is an autumn activity; however, sieved compost is a great way to kick start the gardening season: it will help reduce fertilizer needs, control moss and reduce the need for watering.
- New Flower Beds: when constructing new flower beds, sieved compost should be add a ratio of 30-50% compost to soil.
- Vegetable Beds: be aware that not all crops like a rich soil potatoes will but peas won’t for example.
- Tomato or Cucumber Beds: make a tomato or cucumber bed in your greenhouse. They love deep beds with lots of compost;
- Containers: compost’s ability to absorb and retain water is especially useful in containers that dry out quickly. No single recipe is recognized as best for all, but a general mix is 2 parts compost | 1 part vermiculite | 1 part coarse sand | 1 part coconut coir. We suggest you use sieved compost container.
- Trees: spreading compost around the roots of your trees can provide them with important nutrients and can help protect against disease. Be careful not to spread to close to the trunk though.
- Improve Clay Soils: compost “as it comes” from your bin. Improve Sandy Soils: sieve compost adding only the fine parts
- Too much compost being produced? , re-us the plastic bag that arrived with HOTBIN woodchips and keep your compost for later use. You can also make a present of compost to fellow gardeners.pdf
Bonus: ote on Leachate
eleased during the HOTBIN composting process, leachate can be used as a liquid fertilizer. Excess water in the HOTBIN will drain towards the bottom of the bin dissolving humic compounds from the compost to form this dark brown liquid. You can find more information on how to collect leachate here.
Nothing beats your own what suits your garden best. .