We have a new addition to our garden. It’s sitting placidly in the corner like a great green spaceship, working industriously away as we speak.
It looks like an enormous green beehive.
It comes from Sweden.
It’s a Grüne Johanna (pronounced Yo-hanna), or a Green Johanna to you and me.
A while back when we attended the local Food and Drink Festival we were handed a leaflet about management and reduction of food waste. The leaflet explained about several food waste bins and composters which were subsidised by the council and this one caught our eye.
Our aim is to head towards self-sufficiency, and it has been really grating on me having to pay over my hard-earned money for shop-bought compost. Because it is a hot composter, the Green Johanna alleges it will produce new compost every 4 to 6 months. Perfect for conditioning the unadulterated clay our house builders left us with.
We looked into it, including watching a fabulously crass marketing video, an American voiceover translation of the Swedish original (watch it here). It looked good so we ordered one.
It came in a flat pack. Of course it did.
It had simple instructions to put together, slot all the casings together and then screw them down. The lid is spinny, it’s got a few air vents. There’s a door on the front to hook the compost out from. It comes with a caddy for the kitchen, and a special stick with a flappy end that you jiggle the compost round with to stir it up.
Overall, we are quite impressed. The initial instructions were to add a layer of sticks, a layer of grass chippings, a layer of mature compost and then your kitchen waste. So Johanna is about half full already. Hopefully we’ll get the first batch towards the end of this year.