The pleasures of gardening and composting

I never thought I’d be excited about a compost bin but I am. He arrived today and he is a Hotbin. I haven’t given him a name yet but he’ll apparently reach temperatures inside of 60C, even in winter! Some people keep them in their glasshouse as a source of heat over winter. He’ll make compost in 90 days and will eat all our food and garden waste. Every home should have one.

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I think I am probably compostable but I’m not ready yet. Hopefully not for another 60 years.

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I’m holding a bunch of stinging nettles in this next photo which we’ll be eating later today. Apparently if you see stinging nettles in your garden then it means the soil is good.

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I’m also proud and excited to see a baby artichoke forming in my plant.

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And my pink poppy has opened. The petals look like crinkled tissue paper.

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15 Replies to “The pleasures of gardening and composting”

    1. It’s so cute! I grew that plant from seed last year and it looked like it was going to die over winter but thankfully it made it.

  1. We have a garden in our house. But I am not finding enough time to fully make use of it 😐

    For now, I am just mowing the laws and we planted one each of mandarin, fejioa, fig and lime trees. I am amateur gardener and hopefully will try to make use of our garden. But I can say that it is very rewarding to plant and tend the plants.

    I intend to compost but I am yet to learn how/what etc.

    1. It sounds like you’re making great use of it. That’s heaps of fruit trees! Definitely get a compost bin. It’s good to add compost to the base of your trees each year and any other plants you have as it will help to keep them healthy.

  2. > I’m also proud and excited to see a baby artichoke forming in my plant.

    You’re on your way to a cracking Spanish vegan meal there! 😀

    1. How could I forget about that? At least it hasn’t prejudiced me against artichokes for life.

  3. I love poppies, I think because of the resemblance to tissue paper and childhood memories of making my own flowers.

    1. We never had poppies in Brisbane. It’s too hot and I don’t think it’s legal to grow them anywhere except in Tasmania where they’re grown for the pharmaceutical industry. So they’re a bit of a novelty for me.

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