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Leave my compost alone.


By drc726


Compost piles:
Some are very smart 3 or even 4 wood sides and have built in floors with an Axminster for a hat! They may be twins even triplets growing side by side. They get hot and get turned over go.
The big ones usually fend for them selves and tend to get put upon, but do just as well.
Some are very old or scruffy and could do with some TLC
They welcome worms they like kitchen left over fruit/veg welcome cuttings and like a bit of grass and the ash from a garden bonfire. I feed mine constantly. I love compost I have made it for over 30 years and this autumn I am going to try a plastic one that is if the local council ever deliver it! Compost is not easily on view and it’s a thing to be proud of. So I refuse to cover it in ‘The plastic compost bin camouflage kit’ I could not believe they are for sale. Does anyone else have similar daft garden idea?

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Why would anyone want to cover up their compost bin? I'm rather proud of mine!

3 Sep, 2009


Are they like those 'lovely' flowery sticker things you can disguise your wheelie bin with?

3 Sep, 2009


I think those flowery stickers look worse than the bins themselves. :o((( Dreadful.
I have a row of 3 plastic bins in my garden for compost-making. I'm not going to 'camouflage' them.

4 Sep, 2009


Relieved to hear it Hywel! How do you get on with them any tips for when mine arrives?

4 Sep, 2009


They are bins I bought myself. I don't like the council ones. They have no bottom and you can't move them. I can sort of 'roll' these about in order to brush behind them.

I bought them in a cheap shop and I put holes in their sides. I had them in my previous garden and brought them here when I moved. I put a brick on top to stop the lid blowing away in a strong wind.

Good luck with yours.

4 Sep, 2009


I have order a bottom as well but I'll remember about the brick Hywel.

4 Sep, 2009


We've just been out 'turning' ours. It's a bottomless plastic one which did make that job easier. Just lifted it off, mixed it up and out it back in again. I gave up composting for a couple of years as the Council were collecting the green waste and giving it back free as compost so I decided to let them do the work. Don't know what they do with it now, they don't even let us buy it back so it's back to DIY.
Aren't they supposed to be bottomless to let the worms in?

4 Sep, 2009


of worms get into mine. I don't know how.
Well I don't know how I'd have brought them up here if they were bottomless. I would have had to put it all in sacks I think lol
But as you say Lily - easier to turn .I tip them on their sides ( when I do it )

4 Sep, 2009


I have a sqaure compost bin and it sits very nicely in a corner, not much room for any big ones, buts this does me nicely.

4 Sep, 2009


Ah well, it's swings and roundabouts then, whatever suits you best. Mine is quite small Clarice, seems to take ages to compost but I don't put the big stuff in, that goes in the green waste.

4 Sep, 2009


You're so right Hywel...we have a council one & it's really hard to get the finished compost out never mind trying to move it! We had to shift it to make room for hubby's 3rd shed (how many?!) & having no bottom to it is useless.

4 Sep, 2009


I'm with Lily on this one. I have one council bottomless one which is easy to tip up and then put everything back. I also have two open mesh ones that I bought for about £1 each from a shop's closing down sale. I just move them along depending on what stage they have reached.
Lovely crumbly wonderfully smelling compost earlier this year - and my passion used to be shoes!

4 Sep, 2009


I was up to my wrists in lovely compost today my passion used to be neat nails Ginellie.

4 Sep, 2009


Were your hands above your head at the time Drc?

I have 3 plastic ones here the council gave out but a friend uses the white 1 ton builders bags. He has about 8 now in a row all at different stages of production. He collects tree seeds and grows hundreds to sell bulk to forestry projects. Also grows his veggies.

10 Sep, 2009


No but my feet where, Garden fool. How,s he going to empty them? Doing his bit with all those seeds must be fascinating.

10 Sep, 2009


Hehehe.......Sounds like you really do like to get stuck in...well at least stuck anyway.
He shovels it out as and when when he needs it. Sounds hard work though.
He spend hours walking the forest collecting the seeds and grows hundreds of various trees, a busy man.

10 Sep, 2009


I love the texture of compost and one of my favorite places is the local national pinetum

11 Sep, 2009

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