If you're on the hunt for the very best hot composting bin for small gardens, you're in luck: one of this year's Hampton Court Flower Show designers has shared her absolute favourite – and it's perfect for renters.
Now, I know what you're thinking: when you're renting a home, particularly a home with a small backyard, it can sometimes feel as if many of those trending garden ideas are out of reach – including learning how to hot compost.
However, Zoe Claymore, who has designed The Renter's Retreat garden on behalf of The Wildlife Trust for this year's upcoming Hampton Court Flower Show, is on a mission to change that narrative.
Hotbin Mini Composter | £249 at Amazon
Easy to set up and use on any even surface, this hot composting bin enables users to recycle all food and garden waste and turn it into rich compost fast. Good for the planet, good for the garden, and good for us!
'When I came up with my design, I was thinking what the big barriers are when it comes to getting into gardening,' says Zoe. 'For me, personally, it has always been the fact that I rented.
'When you're renting and moving all the time, you're not really sure what you're doing, and you're not sure what you can do in a rented space – but there's no reason why you can't start gardening, even if it's a small space.'
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Around one in three households in England are rented, and over seven million of these properties have access to outdoor space.
Zoe's design aims to empower renters to get gardening, regardless of their ownership status. In fact, everything in The Renter's Retreat can be transported through a front door (and back again, ready for the next move) – including the hot composting bin.
'I really rate the Hotbin Mini Composter,' she says of the award-winning device, which maintains a steady temperature of 40 to 60°, even in winter.
Compost bins are usually pretty bulky, but this slimline option is half the size of a regular Hotbin, making it the ideal choice for those of us with smaller gardens. All you need to do to get it churning out brown gold is regularly add food or garden waste, and a bulking agent or shredded paper to keep the air flowing inside the bin.
'The Hotbin Mini makes compost quickly, doesn’t smell, and can be easily transported,' says Zoe, listing off the device's plus points.
'It also enables fast small space composting, so it works out as being more productive per m2 of space.'
Noting that every garden should have some form of composting device, Zoe adds: 'This garden is all about showing how every bit of outside space can become an oasis for bugs, birds and mini-beasts – irrespective of where you live.
'I want to inspire people to make little changes that have a big impact both for nature and people. We know that spending time in green spaces is so important for our health and happiness, and creating greener yards and gardens can work wonders for our wellbeing.'
With that in mind, then, I'm off to source some carbon and nitrogen-rich waste as I count down the days until Prime Day. See you at the checkout!
You can visit The Renter's Retreat garden, and see how Zoe has incorporated her Hotbin Mini into the shady courtyard, at the Hampton Court Flower Show between 4-9 July.
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