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.



15 responses to “The pleasures of gardening and composting”

  1. This post makes me wish that I had a garden! Yours looks bountiful and full of exciting surprises.

  2. OMG the baby artichoke is adorable

    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.

  3. We have a garden in our house. But I am not finding enough time to fully make use of it šŸ˜

    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.

  4. > Iā€™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! šŸ˜€

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

  5. 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.

  6. Good luck with the hotbin, it will be a great addition.

  7. Is there anything to keep rats out of the bin?

    1. I don’t think anything is rat-proof but it’s a completely sealed unit and is apparently too hot for rats. Here’s what they say on their site

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