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.

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


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.


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


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