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View Poll Results: What type of compost bin do you use?

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  • Wooden box

    16 30.19%
  • Cone

    9 16.98%
  • Top-add bottom-empty

    23 43.40%
  • Tumbler

    2 3.77%
  • Other bin type

    5 9.43%
  • Wormery

    9 16.98%
  • Bokashi

    4 7.55%
  • Something else

    8 15.09%
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    "I think both these together are ideal if you have a small garden but if you have a big garden with enough room to have a conventional compost heap then do that"

    Good point, I haven't thought of it like that.

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    I've got 3 dalek bins and 3 wooden-box-types...

    I prefer the dalek bins actually, they seem to get hotter quicker and I like that they have a lid on. I struggle to "use" the boxes properly, even though they get the same stuff added, and have layers of cardboard on top as a lid.

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    My council are doing 330L Dalek bins for 20. I think I will get a couple to tide me over until time is released from other projects to make some wooden bins

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    for the last few years i've just had a heap in the corner of the garden, this year, i got some strong square cage mesh, so i've made a square one where the heap was, seems to be working ok, lined it with black plastic, and have sheets of polystyrene and a waterproof padded mat on top to keep the heat in, though i am going to try the dalek bin when it arrives, so i can keep it with the bins.
    Last edited by lynda66; 14-07-2008 at 03:33 PM.

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    Our compost is a heap in the corner, mainly 'shredded' prunings, plus kitchen veg trimmings. I don't have much chance for real gardening these days since this garden is tiny, and full of shrubs planted by previous owner (Mum-in-law, a lovely lady who died about 10 years ago), so the heap mostly gets left alone, to the advantage of the slowworms who winter in such places (don't know if they use mine, but I suspect they do, I know there are some around) and use the composting warmth to hatch their eggs. Slowworms being such good slug-hunters, I wouldn't want to disturb them (that's my excuse<G>).
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    New place have got one of those cheap from council plastic ones with lid and bottom empty. Not too sure about it and only just starting so don't know yet.
    My old heap ongoing for 15 years was some breeze blocks piled up as a loose wall on either side against a wall with an old door across the front. No top so it got rain, old compost, all weedings, and all raw veg food waste and coffee , teabags and eggshells.
    Nothing else. shovelled it about a bit now and again and just tunnelled into it at the bottom when needed.
    It was fantastic compost and the biggest regret I have is having to leave it behind.
    I loved that heap.

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    OH built me 2 great wooden boxes, 3'x3', out of the remains of an old shed. We moved them 2 years ago and they nearly survived! This year OH has built 2 new ones with some donated planks, they are so, so smart - front of box lifts out plank by plank, - I'm easily pleased you know!
    I ran out of Bokashi bran so stuffed one of the bins with Comfrey (no water - doesn't seem to smell as bad) now really easy to tap off the feed for diluting - working incredibly well, may carry on using it like this over the summer!

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    We use the dalek type, but we have several and keep adding stuff for a couple of months before starting a fresh one, and we never take compost from the bottom, we simply wait until the whole lot is ready then lift the bin off. They work OK, especially if you buy a mixing tool, which allows you to fluff up the compost, effectively turning it and allowing air in. The one advantage to this system is that I always have compost ready.
    Last edited by bluemoon; 10-08-2008 at 11:46 AM.

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