While managing these hot compost bins in his community garden, fellow TreeHugger Chris Tackett found that communication is as important as building the heap itself:
"The challenge with composting in a community garden smack dab in the middle of a neighborhood is getting everyone informed about the process and where things like food scraps and grass clippings should go.
"With the "hot" bins, I wanted to layer them with the right mix of browns and greens and then let them process and break down before adding loads of new material, so we're trying some signage to explain which bins are 'active' and where extra browns and vegetable peelings should go."
With a really hot heap, in the right conditions, you may achieve usable results in just a few months.
Photo: Chris Tackett