Posted: 16/04/2012 at 20:55
My husband constructed two Bee hive compost bins which I have been using for the last few years. Each year I get a little better at it but my efforts could still be much improved. I know how to make a good mix of wet and dry, and I've also added urine or manure when available although I never get a steaming heap and the compost, whilst well structured and fresh smelling, is rather on the fibrous side, so I save it mostly for greedy plants that don't mind its texture. It holds water well! I've never much turned it and generally put them to bed through the winter months but this method means I always run out and I have a very greedy 100ft garden.
So, today I prepared my recently filled bin by chopping the material up with my sheers, turning it and chopping more until the entire pile was well mixed, then I added the digested result of three pots of tea and put it to bed under a piece of carpet with the lid on top. I'm hoping the chopping will help it along better (I'd love to own a garden shredder!) and I promise to turn it more often to keep it active.
Any advice or things I'm not doing properly?