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In the summer I expect compost from my 'daleks' every 3 to 6 months, but I do add compost accelerator granules and the odd dollop of horsemanure. The 2 bins get a fair amount of sun and are protected from chilly winds on 3 sides, I do add water sometimes. I always feel a huge sense of achievement when I empty one out and sieve it to use, though of course it is nature that does all the hard work; I just nip out there once a day with veg waste from the kitchen and plant waste from the garden.
there is a lot of life in a compost bin,worms of every size and shape,earwigs,and allsorts of creepy crawlies,mice and rats,fox and cat sit on top and I wish I could say hedgehog.I have toads and newts in the greenhouse.
yes,my daughter had some in her garden last year,gave me a shock as I thought I was picking up a worm.