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The HOTBIN Weekender

The HOTBIN Weekender

The HOTBIN Weekender is a new publication specially designed with our community of home-composters in mind.  It contains articles, news from our partners, tips, and most relevant composting topics. Feel free to send us a note with a topic that you would like us to include in future publications. This week we have one article published by our partners with links to their website, a few tips and articles on autumn and winter composting. We hope you enjoy it. 

  Can I Compost in Winter? Getting your HOTBIN started in Autumn.

The HOTBIN is capable of working at 100-140˚F all through winter. Even when the outside temperatures falls to 5˚F (-15˚C) HOTBIN can keep composting. To achieve this, you will need to:

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Ways to Improve Garden Soil in the Fall. Published on Horticulture Magazine.

If you ask any seasoned vegetable gardener about their soil and how they keep it healthy, you’ll probably get a bunch of different answers. But the message will be the same: Invest in your soil. Autumn is a perfect time to improve soil because there are many organic materials you can collect and add to your garden beds, including the three that follow: >> Read the complete article

 

What is the best particle size for bulking agents (Mulch)?

Choosing the right bulking agent is a balancing act. Larger chips are stronger and create big gaps, but large chips are undesirable in the final compost. Small irregular particles dramatically increase the surface area (hence FAS) and will largely compost down to form part of the final product. Very small particles (fines) tend to compress, and gaps are lost.

A good mix of particles sizes provides the best balance. Remember - the bulking agent retains airflow and they are not meant to compost down.

 

Compost - Looks can be deceptive! Published on HOTBIN Composting, UK.

What comes out of your compost bin can vary an awful lot. With many HOTBIN composters coming up to their first autumn, there will be a lot of hot compost being harvested and used in the garden. We thought it would be good idea to let you know what to expect as ‘looks can be deceptive’! 
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68% of Food-Waste in the USA, ends-Up in Landfills.

Most Americans don't realize how much food they throw away every day including leftovers and spoiled produce. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated that in 2018, about 68% of the food-waste generated (~ 42.8 million tons) ended up in landfills or combustion facilities. By recycling food-waste into compost we can help businesses and consumers save money, provide a bridge in our communities for those who do not have enough to eat, and conserve resources for future generations. 

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