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Post  Frenchbean 6/19/2013, 12:08 pm

Hi Guys and Gals
I have had a change around in the garden. Moved everything around. Tried to get all my veggies and fruit bits/ beds TT's e.t.c in one place. The problem now is I'm short of space (Yeah I know were all short of space when it comes to growing:lol: )

I need your wisdom. What compost bins or tumblers would you choose to buy and why?. I have a darlic type bin. Big and round and ugly - but useful. Cool

I need something a bit smaller, that works quicker if thats possible:studious: thanks


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Post  bnoles 6/19/2013, 12:34 pm

Why buy anything, can't you just build a pile on the ground? If you are required to contain the compost, I have found that chicken fencing around metal posts works very well.

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Post  gwennifer 6/19/2013, 12:42 pm

Minimum dimension for a ground pile to work efficiently is 3'x3'x3'.  Frenchbean said he wants something smaller than a darlic type bin and that works more quickly.  So piling it on the ground isn't a solution.  Especially since it seems they just spent a good amount of time and effort re-organizing their garden space (and commented that the darlic is ugly) and are therefore probably into the aesthetics of the space as well as the efficiency.  

I know our admin Rooster has a tumbler type composter that he referred to as a composting machine - churning out useable compost in just a couple of weeks.  Perhaps he'll be along and can tell you what type he has.  Of course, with those you do have to have a separate pile that you load from.
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Post  camprn 6/19/2013, 12:56 pm

I have had success with even smaller dimension of 2x2x2. I made the little bin out of one pallet. It works if you need it to.

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Post  Frenchbean 6/19/2013, 4:14 pm

You understand me completely gwennifer. Im a she by the way darn funny  To be honest Im knackered. I have moved the whole garden around on my own. Trying to get some order. My garden needs to be functional, easy on the eye. Everything must have its place. hyper

Im fed up with it being a mess Help-I need a new composter 1280598131:bad boffer:I already have to put up with 2 very unloved unkept gardens both sides of me affraid. Im trying to set an example
:scratch: hungry winner Don't want a pile of compost as I have a tiny dog that would probably think it great fun to play in it Help-I need a new composter 274447:fall:

I also have 3 rather large foxes living in one of the unkempt gardens next door get that pesky wabbi


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Post  Frenchbean 6/20/2013, 5:29 am

Kay thankyou:youRock: Some great ideas there. I have an old wormery bin so could make the trash can com poster. I went on tube as well and saw the turning tumblers. Great ideas
thanks good idea
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Post  gwennifer 6/20/2013, 10:53 am

@Frenchbean wrote:...Im a she by the way...
Sorry about that - I'm normally pretty good at using "they" and "them" but I see I missed one. And now I see you have your sex filled out on your profile so I could have just seen from that. silly me
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Post  Frenchbean 6/20/2013, 11:53 am

Don't worry about it gwennifer Very Happy

I have just noticed that my slim 100 litre water butt is leaking:pale: maybe I could make a compost bin out of that? its small enough to go where I want it to go :scratch:
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