Composting for heat! problems
Hi and thanks for reading
Although I can see the advantages of home composting for the garden this is not the main reason for my composting attempt? I am after the heat it can produce but I am having problems?
I have a 15ft x 3ft swimming pool housed in a ‘shed’ (shed is the simplest way of describing it) with a plastic roof. I stopped using the electric heater 4 years ago because of the expense and I have been relying on a solar system to heat the water. This solar system relies solely on direct sun but has we all know, north of the south east of England over the last few years have, shall we say, not seen a lot of sun and therefore our swimming season has been limited to June/July.
So I have read up on composting for heat and given it a try. I have a fare sized garden with lawn, shrubs and trees so including the scraps I have plenty to fill a 400lt compost bin (aprox 1x1x1m), I coiled a hose pipe inside and filled it following the guideline that I have read. Initially the centre of the pile became warm with the outside of the pile becoming wet – this lasted for about 2 days and stopped. I turned the pile with no joy! After trying various ‘tips’ (peeing in it, dog biscuits etc) last week I removed the pipe, turned it again to see if the pipe was causing it not to work i.e. heat up – 5 days latter the centre is warmer and that’s about it. I am continuing to add scraps and I would guess the ratio is about 50:50.
- 3 Nov, 2010