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How to know when to empty both in?

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  • How to know when to empty both in?

    Received hotbin week after Hampton court flower show in July set it up filled it at least to the top three times and have seen it got down spectacularly. Want to know how you determine it is ready to empty and restart.

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    The simple answer is you empty it when it fills up close to the top of the bin and you can't add any more to it. The longer you can leave the compost in the bottom of the bin to mature the better. I have taken compost out after about 4 weeks - it's useable at that stage - but in reality compost takes about 2-4 months to fully mature.


    • #3
      If it's been hot (ie between 40 and 60 or so) for a couple of months I tend to put the bin gently down on its back, (tape the lid down), take off the cam straps and remove the front cover so you can see how the compost is looking. You can then see how well it's broken down that way. Hope that helps.