Posted: 30/06/2014 at 17:08
The oak leaves will take a long time to break down in a compost bin; why not make a leafmould system either as Dove suggests above, or a circle of chicken netting with a netting lid, so they get ventilation and then either add to your compost bin after 1 year or leave for 2 years for leaf mould, which is v. useful for sowing seeds.
I have just taken part in the Compost Master Event at the Royal Norfolk Show. What we call A Wormery is a layered container with Tiger or Brandling worms, the same ones that fishermen buy and it is used for non meat and fish, raw and cooked kitchen waste and a small amount of garden waste. The worm casts fall into the tray below the top and a liquid falls into the bottom tray which usually has a tap; dilute this 10/1 with water and you have a brilliant plant food.
What we call composting is done in a large container; wood/plastic without layers, there is no need to add worms - they just arrive as part of the process. It takes no meat and fish and only uncooked kitchen waste and lots of garden waste.
A hot bin (£159 approx) is a fairly new product with thick polystyrene walls and can achieve 60 c within about 36 hours. Wood chips have to be added to it. As it gets to such high temperatures you can put meat and fish waste in there; it makes compost in 30-90 days. Simples