Did you grow that tomato from seed or buy it already started? I'd have to Google the difference between hot and cold composting. I have a black plastic can-like thing with a lid that I put compostable stuff in. From what I can tell, it seems to take about 2 years to break down in there. I would really like to try those worms you can get that crawl around in the composter and eat stuff down faster. I don't think they'd survive the winters here though. Awwww... here's hoping the cute critters make a return to your yard and that the kitties let them live.