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Compost Bin

Post: #10531 hedgewitch
Tue Feb 07, 2006 3:03 pm

I finally did it!!
I made my own compost bin today.
If like me you are limited to space in your garden, here is the ideal solution to the more well known compost heap :flower:

1). Buy a bin, or even better, use an old one.
2). Turn it on it's side and drill holes all over the base
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3). Drill more holes around the sides near the base
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4). Now you're ready to start adding things to it. I had a lot of garden clippings so I put these in first, you need dried stuff as this acts as the drainage.
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Then I added loads of Leaves, I actually ripped them up really small as this makes composting easier and quicker, but I just wanted to show you guys the size of the Leaves I have to sweep up on my path!
Impressive huh!
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Then I covered the lot in some old soil that was left lying around in pots in the garden.
You'll need to stand your bin on some bricks ( or anything else suitable, I used an old drawer ) This will help the drainage.

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Now I'm ready to start adding kitchen waste.YeeHah!
You can add anything to a compost EXCEPT:
Meat,fish and bones ( you can add these but they smell real bad and attract pests, so it's advised not to )
oil and fats
Charcoal
Dairy products ( but egg shells are fine and a very good addition, just crush them up real small as they take a while to decompose )
Cat and dog poo

You can even add tea bags, coffee grinds, cardboard and paper ;D
As you acquire kitchen or garden refuse, toss it right on top and cover with a thin layer of dried material, then a layer of soil, as if creating a lasagna.
When the bucket becomes about half full (about 3-4 weeks) turn ingredients with a spade and mix very well. Notice how the material looks, too wet - add dried material and water less, too dry - cut down on dried material increase soil and/or water. Now you will begin to mix about once per week to keep the microbiotic processes in motion.

Continue layering as before, turn very well about once per month. You'll know that the processes inside are continuing if the side of the bucket feels slightly warm to the touch. If it begins to smell, which it really shouldn't I promise, you are either adding too little dried material or too much water, adjust accordingly.

When the bucket becomes full. Set it aside to steep until the next growing season. Once a month, take a peak and mix the contents, mix well enough to bring the bottom to the top. As the weather cools to winter, you'll need to turn it less and less often.

One year after starting the bin, you will have compost worthy of using in your garden...and it was free!



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Post: #10542 ina
Tue Feb 07, 2006 5:43 pm

Nice one, hedgewitch! What kind of tree gives you leaves like that???
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Post: #10551 Tigerhair
Tue Feb 07, 2006 6:15 pm

... and don't forget to wee on it! :oops:
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Post: #10559 ina
Tue Feb 07, 2006 6:48 pm

Hey, that's an idea! Compost bin with toilet seat! :pottytrain4:

(After all, we are not all men...)
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Post: #10561 Tigerhair
Tue Feb 07, 2006 6:49 pm

HA HA - absolutely Ina - I just refuse to pee standing up! I'm a lady! ROFL
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Post: #10572 hedgewitch
Tue Feb 07, 2006 7:15 pm

Don't you know!!
ROFLMAO!!

Those Leaves are from the rubber Tree I have overlooking my yard :flower:
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Post: #10605 Shirley
Tue Feb 07, 2006 10:31 pm

but... it is possible.. (not that I've tried it) - but it was shown on "the full monty"

Fab instructions for the compost bin hedgy! and Grrrrreat pix.

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Post: #10606 Shirley
Tue Feb 07, 2006 10:45 pm

I was just going to say that they looked like rubber tree leaves... and that you must be in somewhere other than the UK!!

Where is your mushroom??
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Post: #10613 Muddypause
Wed Feb 08, 2006 12:26 am

http://web.archive.org/web/200306041049 ... nding.html

Look, DON'T ask what I was looking for when I found that page, OK?
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Post: #10618 Wombat
Wed Feb 08, 2006 1:24 am

Well, Stew, I for one am impressed!

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Post: #10628 wulf
Wed Feb 08, 2006 7:23 am

Back to topic ( ;) ), how are you going to get worms in there? I've got an open bottomed composter that I stand on bare ground and it's got a healthy worm population to help break down the lower layers.

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Post: #10658 hedgewitch
Wed Feb 08, 2006 2:11 pm

wulf - I'm gonna collect them and put them in the bin :mrgreen:
Shilrz - my mushroom is in Spain :flower:
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Post: #10662 Wombat
Wed Feb 08, 2006 3:22 pm

G'Day Hedgwitch,

Make sure you get compost worms (in the leaf litter etc. on top of the soil) rather than the soil proper type worms. They are of two different types evidently!

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Post: #10664 hedgewitch
Wed Feb 08, 2006 3:36 pm

Cripes wombat!
Who'd have thought worms could be so confusing :shock:
Thanks for that advice.
As I am a complete novice at having a compost bin I'm sure there will be many problems along the way. Live and learn says I :flower:
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Post: #10665 hedgewitch
Wed Feb 08, 2006 4:49 pm

Can I put cigarette butts and ash in the compost?
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