We've got a compost bin in our garden, and we've been putting kitchen waste in it ever since we moved in last summer. Also some leaves and grass cuttings.
I'm not sure it's working so well. The good thing is that it doesn't seem to get full, so I guess some what we put in there must be decomposing after all. The bad thing is that I can't actually see much properly decomposed matter ... Not sure how that is possible!
My concerns are firstly that I'm not sure it stays warm enough. The bin is made from plastic (about 5mm thick), but as we live in England and don't always have so much sunny weather this time of year, I suspect that it's just not warm enough in there. The compost bins I've seen before (in Norway, i.e. even further north) were built from wood and were insulated with styrofoam (polystyrene).
Secondly, the previous tenants had evidently chopped up their Christmas tree and put in the bin, and that is still far from decomposed. I've been taking out bits and pieces every time I check the state of the bin contents.
Thirdly, we collect kitchen waste in supposedly compostable bags in the kitchen. When they are full, we throw the entire bag into the bin. Would it be better to open the bag and empty the contents directly into the bin? Or does it not matter?
Finally, I don't really have a clue. If anyone has any experience and advice about composting - this is the thread for you!
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