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    Three big pallet-built bins (currently one resting, one filling and one empty apart from some stored dry stuff for adding). All three can often be full at critical times of the year.

    Plus two useless daleks with leaves and a massive pile of manure that is creeping up the garden as I add to one end and take from the other.

    I confess that I love making compost as much as watching plants grew. Bit odd
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigmallly View Post
    I have a 3 pallet bin setup & find that is 2 too many..............
    Like Mally, I have a three bin set up and only use one for purpose. Having said that, I turn one out into one of the empty ones at least twice during the season and then turn it out of the containers into a heap ready to use . I have flowerpots, posts etc sitting in the unused ones.

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    3 daleks, 1 for household & garden waste, 2 for long term donkey poo rotting + one experimental blue barrel with a grid partway up that I'm trying to make tea from kitchen waste in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PyreneesPlot View Post

    I confess that I love making compost as much as watching plants grew. Bit odd
    Yeah my b; does too. He composts everything, he loves the idea of it going back into the ground.
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    Hi 4390evans

    It sounds as if you have a problem.

    Either you are a brilliant composter and don't have enough bins

    or you are a brilliant composter that is missing a step in the process.

    You will probably find that if you take all the bins off their respective piles about 50% of each pile has composted down enough.

    I usually turn each bin about once every two months and leave the bottom portion open to the elements. The top portion is turned into the bin and the next bins contents forked on top of it. and then the next bin is emptied and the contents forked into the first or second bin.

    The composted material is left where it is until I need it.

    I have two large and one small plastic bins and they are more than adequate. I have enough space to take nettles from the footpaths close by to supplement the weeds and green waste from the kitchen. By the way make sure you transfer the worms from each pile, As you dig in you will see the portion where the worms reside.

    Good luck with the compost and enjoy your gardening.

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    I have two plastic ones atm, and they are full - I also bought two more off Gumtree recently, but haven't had the time to site them. I have piles and bags of compostable stuff (seaweed, spent cat litter, chicken manure, cardboard and piles of dead weeds etc) ready to get mixed with the contents of the full ones and redistributed into the four once they're up, but it hasn't stopped raining for the last couple of months, so it'll probably have to wait till Spring now... and then I'll have too much else to do etc etc - same old story!
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    They get turned about every 3 months, i dont layer though I just show stuff in cos Im lazy
    Dont suppost that matters though if they are getting turned?
    We compost everything, I think in the spring ill get the bf to dig a ditch and bury it where I will be planting my veg.
    One of my compost bins is just a old brown wheelie bin with holes drilled in the bottom and worms added to it.
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    I don't layer either, if you are turning regularly it wont make a lot of difference. I have found that if the compost is too dry or too wet the worms don't work hard enough.

    Handy idea to use a wheelie bin. I would suggest that any trench you use is wide and not too deep, it is a good idea. My father use to dig a trench for the bean row and throw all the old cabbage stumps etc. in the bottom and top up with farm yard manure.

    Sounds like you are really into this and doing a smart job. I think you need more bins!

    enjoy your gardening and take it easy over the christmas period for next year will be busy

    regards

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