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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Garden Composter

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I didn’t plan to become a Garden Composter. It just, sort of, happened.

Here’s how:

A little over a year ago, we purchased an acre of land in the country, then built a house on our property. We moved into our new home in December. This past summer, we spent many hours preparing our land for the lawn. This was a process that included removing rocks, pulling weeds, burying irrigation lines, and smoothing the soil.

The rocks are piled in a corner of our lot that is temporarily unused. That is the area where I will put in my shop at some later date.

The weeds we pulled went into our 6×10 flatbed trailer and were hauled to the compost area at the county landfill. Our climate is conducive to growing very large tumbleweeds, very quickly. I think we made about 4 trips with full loads of yard waste totaling about 2 1/2 tons of material.

After many, many evenings and weekends laboring in our yard, we finally planted our lawn seed. Now, we are watering it and watching for it to sprout. Oh, how we look forward to seeing green around our house.

I set aside an area about 30′ by 60′ to put in a vegetable garden. There is nothing better than fresh vegetables in the summer. The satisfaction of having grown them yourself greatly enhances the pleasure of eating all those luscious legumes.

So, next summer, we will have an abundance of lawn clippings and garden waste material. That means more trips to the landfill? Heck no! I’m going to become a Garden Composter. I’m going to recycle all that waste material and use it to make my vegetables grow even better.

I’ve begun the research and the study required to gain the knowledge necessary to recycle as much of our kitchen, lawn and garden waste material into valuable compost that I can use to enhance my garden.

A valuable guide to creating the best compost is “The World’s Best Compost – The How & Why”. This guide, not only describes how to create the best compost, but it also explains the science behind it in layman’s terms.

This book is a “must have” for anyone who is serious about being a Garden Composter.

If you’re like me, and you just want to take the lazy approach to disposing of yard waste, just throw it all in a pile and let it rot.

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Your Questions About Garden Compost Bins

Posted by admin on July 29, 2011

Richard asks…

what can i put in a garden compost bin?

apart from veg/fruit peelings, dead flowers & garden waste, tea bags & egg shells? any thing else? thanks all who reply -Lou

admin answers:

Basically nearly everything. All food waste with the exception of meat products (meat encourages rats) All garden waste with the exception of long rooted weeds like dandelion, bindweed, nettles, etc. I personally don’t put in soft weeds if they have gone to seed.

All garden plants and clippings and some house waste like shredded paper and cardboard and the contents of your vacuum cleaner and sawdust. If you have a bonfire the wood ash is brilliant, lots of potash that improves fruits and flowers.

Don’t forget used compost when you re pot your plants tubs and baskets and pet waste from pets like rabbits, hamsters, etc., the soiled bedding, like paper or sawdust, really make your compost heat up destroying weed seeds as does pet droppings.

The things I don’t put in is anything woody, unless shredded, weeds with long roots or seeds, plastic or cloth.

The secrets of composting are are keeping it stirred, not adding too many grass clippings unless mixed in well, and use an accelerator like garrotta or any fertiliser you use in the garden.  I use a lot is chicken manure pellets from the garden centre and the best accelerator of all, horse manure, even a shovel full mixed in gives wonderful results.

So remember, keep it stirred, use an accelerator, and the worms and biological activity will do the rest.

Happy composting!

Laura asks…

I got a compost bin in the garden. It is a colony of cockroaches.How can i make agood compost without cokrchs?

admin answers:

I have a compost pile as well but I have not seen any cockroaches.  I make sure that I don’t put any cooked food into my pile though – just grass clippings, old mulch, fresh produce scraps, leaves and various trimmings and such from outside no fats animal or vegetable of any kind.

Grass clippings when added to the pile, sprinkled with lime and then watered really speed the compost process up- at least it worked well for me last year.  Good luck and don’t mind the bugs too much.

Chris asks…

Should I put live snails and slugs from the garden in my compost bin?

admin answers:

They’re not just going to stay in the compost.  They like fresh food, and will find their way back to your plants. They should really be destroyed.  If you have difficulty bringing yourself to do that, just relocate them by throwing them into the nearest field.  Lol! I’ve been know to do that!

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ComposTumbler 02001 Compact 12-Cubic-Foot Galvanized Metal Compost Bin

Posted by admin on June 25, 2011

ComposTumbler 02001 Compact 12-Cubic-Foot Galvanized Metal Compost BinThe started a revolutionary new way to make compost nearly 40 years ago! This tumbling composter holds up to 168 gallons/22 cubic feet/18 bushels, one of the largest composters. This composter is easy to load, easy to turn so it is easy to create your compost! It saves time and labor while providing you with a steady supply of your own homemade compost in just two weeks.Made of galvanized metal it is rust resistant and has a easy-to-turn gear driven handle. The front of the unit has a latched door with aerator/drainage units and screen vents. The “Original” is 68″ tall and 50″ wide holding up to six 30-gallon trash bags.

Price: $329.00

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ComposTumbler 08001 Back Porch 5-Cubic-Foot Heavy-Duty Poly Compost Bin

Posted by admin on June 24, 2011

ComposTumbler 08001 Back Porch 5-Cubic-Foot Heavy-Duty Poly Compost BinThis lightweight, portable composter is a good choice for people who don’t have a lot of room. The Back Porch ComposTumbler is 37 inches high x 31 inches wide x 26 inches deep and stands on a frame that rests on 6 inch wheels. It holds 37 gallons of compost material, and 4 inside mixing fins help break up large pieces of compost. The combination of an aerator/drainage unit on the bottom of the composter and screened side vents makes sure your compost gets the proper amount of oxygen while preventing animals from getting into it. 5 year manufacturer warranty.

Price: $269.00

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Envirocycle Composter – Compost Tumbler

Posted by admin on June 21, 2011

Envirocycle Composter - Compost TumblerThe Envirocycle Composter produces quality compost and compost tea quickly and easily. This compost tumbler is a user friendly composter that eliminates mess and odor, and is very compact. This is one of the very best of all composters for those who have limited space.

The Envirocycle compost tumbler simplifies composting with it’s rolling and mixing action. This composter is specifically designed to simplify the recycling of kitchen and garden refuse. It produces quality compost more quickly and easily than conventional composters by its rolling and mixing action which keeps the ingredients well mixed and aerated.

This compost tumbler also makes rich compost tea to feed your plants. Compost tea is a rich organic liquid plant food appreciated by gardeners everywhere. Use it on your house plants, outdoor plants, flowers, trees, shrubs, garden and lawn to help them grow and grow.

The Envirocycle Composter comes in a choice of black or green.

Envirocycle Composter Features

  • Compact, durable and user friendly
  • Aeration occurs through small openings in the drum
  • Lockable lid prevents access to the compost by small animals
  • The drum is indented for easy gripping and rolling
  • The base is able to collect up to 5 gallons of liquid fertilizer or compost teaOption of direct drainage

The Envirocycle Composter Compost Tea maker allows for year round composting. It’s perfect for today’s lifestyle and works well on a balcony, in a garage or in the garden. Size H 30. 5″ x W 25. 5″ x D 20. 25″ Weight 19 lbs Holds 7 cubic feet of compost Base Holds 5 gallons of compost

Price:

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Everything About Composting – Discover some insider tips,tricks, and techniques for creating your own compost and using it to grow the organic garden of your dreams!

Posted by admin on June 19, 2011

Everything About Composting - Discover some insider tips,tricks, and techniques for creating your own compost and using it to grow the organic garden of your dreams!Discover some insider tips,tricks, and techniques for creating your own compost and using it to grow the organic garden of your dreams. Topics include cold composting, hot composting, and vermicomposting.

Price: $1.99

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Exaco Trading ECO-2000 2.4 Gallon Kitchen Compost Waste Collector

Posted by admin on June 17, 2011

Exaco Trading ECO-2000 2.4 Gallon Kitchen Compost Waste CollectorKitchen Compost Collector Pail Makes Composting Easy The Kitchen Compost Collector makes it easy to collect your organic waste to add to your composter. Includes a carbon filter that significantly reduces any odors 2.4 gallon capacity Replacement carbon filters available Measures 8.5″L x 9″W x 11″H Ships Quickly! An Exaco Trading Design EXACO USA Ltd. is a family owned company in Austin, Texas. The company has been a supplier to major home centers for 17 years and prides itself on its relationship with a sheltered workshop in Austin that provides jobs for persons with mental disabilities. Exaco greenhouses are specially designed to extend the growing season, even in the middle of the winter. It is the only product of its kind available at such a reasonable price. Garden.com is also proud to present Exaco composters. Both are made of superior craftsmanship and design.

Price: $19.99

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Compost

Posted by admin on June 16, 2011

Getting The Most Out Of Your CompostAfter a couple of months taking care of your compost pile, turning over the pile every now and then, warding off insects and pests, and keeping the pile damp, it is only natural (and you should do so) to get the most out of your compost. And this means using the compost wisely and effectively.
In This Guide:
Getting The Most Out Of Your Compost
Common Uses For Finished Compost
If Your Compost Pile Won’t Heat Up
Making Compost: Getting Your Hands Dirty
Making Your Uwn Compost Bin
Maintaining A Compost Heap
Compost Smells: This And Other Composting Myths
Building Your Own Compost Bin
To Compost Or Not To Compost
What Not To Compost
The Best Food For Your Compost Bin
When Will Your Compost Be Ready
Wriggly Friends Help Make Compost
Store-bought Fertilizer Versus Mature Compost
Who Should Compost?
Ongoing Care For Your Compost Pile
Recycling: How To Start And Maintain A Compost Pile

Price: $7.97

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Good Ideas 12-Cubic-Foot Compost Wizard

Posted by admin on June 14, 2011

Good Ideas 12-Cubic-Foot Compost WizardThe 12 Cubic Feet Compost Wizard and Base Saves You Money & Promotes a Healthy Garden.

This compost tumbler holds 12 cubic feet of compost and sits on a wheeled base. The handles now provide better grip to make turning even easier. The 12″ twist off lid keeps your compost safely closed off but is easy to remove and even doubles as an extra turning point. The ends feature aeration holes which provide much needed airflow for the compost batch with the option of drilling more for those who live in areas with low air currents. The wheeled base allows owners to turn the bin effortlessly and can easily be separated to allow the bin to roll freely from place to place. The low profile ensures that it stays out of sight and won’t be blown over in high winds like other tumbler style composters.

This composter features a 100% recycled resin material that is used to mold the bin.   The rich dark color absorbs the sun’s heat keeping your compost at a nice hot temperature. The unit comes fully assembled and requires very little maintenance. Just turn your compost tumbler once a week and after addition of new material and you can see compost in as little as 14 days!

Help keep organic waste out of our landfills by getting a Compost Wizard today.

  • Wheeled Base
  • Large 12″ twist lid
  • Safe for pets and children
  • Black color for heat absorption
  • 30″x”22″x23.5″ at 27lbs
  • 12″ Twist lid
  • Fully assembled
  • 7 Cu ft capacity
  • Ships Quickly!

Good Ideas, Inc. is a growing company producing purposeful, American made, rotationally molded, goods. Their mission is to provide gardeners with high quality products that will better their lives while providing employment opportunities for the people in their community, locally, and beyond. They are located in Lake City, PA and are comprised of diligent and hard-working individuals whose daily goal is to provide the best service and support possible. Please join Garden.com in supporting an American company committed to quality products and environmental and professional responsibility.

List Price: $324.00

Now: $198.98

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Good Ideas 7-Cubic-Foot Compost Wizard Jr.

Posted by admin on June 13, 2011

Good Ideas 7-Cubic-Foot Compost Wizard Jr.The EZ Composter Jr. provides you with the tools to turn your scrap vegetables, grass clippings, and leaves into ready to use compost within just a couple of weeks. This composter turns easily and maintains an environment that is conducive to the rapid breaking down of the material you place inside the barrel.

The composting drum is created out of molded recycled polyethylene plastic which is positioned on the turning base and holds 7 cubic feet of material. This size drum is ideal for heat generation and quick material breakdown.

In order to get the most out of your compost barrel, you need to turn the compost regularly. The large capacity compost drum rotates on a stable base providing quick and easy mixing. Just turn it about once a week to keep oxygen, nutrients, microorganisms and moisture evenly distributed throughout the developing batch. Glide posts on the base allows the composting drum to rotate freely, while keeping it cradled in the base. There are recessed handles on the sides of the composter to provide gripping points for turning the batch.

A large 12 inch twist off lid provides easy access for filling and dispensing the composted material when it is finished breaking down. This threaded lid is easy to remove, yet prevents animals and pets from getting at recently added kitchen and garden scraps.

A good batch of compost needs air to accelerate the process. There are air vents and a two-way breather valve on the lid to provide air movement from end to end and throughout the composting batch.

This composter will arrive in two pieces and it is easy to set up; just set the drum on top of the base, and you’re ready to start turning your yard waste and kitchen scraps into beneficial compost for your garden. The EZ Composter allows you to easily turn material that would have originally ended up in the garbage, into nutritious, beneficial fertilizer that will produce luscious healthy plants within just a couple of weeks.

The size and durability of this compost tumbler, combined with the low cost compared to other competing models, make this one of the best values among compost tumblers on the market today.

Price: $159.99

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