January 4, 2012 at 12:32 pm #256367
I had an insinkerator I loved dearly but it broke down about 2 weeks ago. So sticking to my new years resolution I am not going to get it fixed, I want to start a compost bin but after going to bunnings and seeing the prices they want for them I can not justify the cost. So I am wondering is there any way to make my own compost bin best out of stuff from home.
and is there any tips I need to know for composting.
TIAJanuary 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm #517948BlueWrenMember
Don’t think you can use the shower for that one!! Folk on here will point you in the right direction,LCN. Do you have a large plastic tub lying around, as in 220 litres?January 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm #517949
Unfortunately biggest plastic tub I have is 30 litre.
I tend to just keep cardboard boxes for everything till they break.January 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm #517950crystalMember
I just have a few bricks on 3 sides and an old bit of what i think is fencing wire on the front, plus an old wire rack from a shelving system on top… Theres a thread on what to put in it, but i put everything in… Except citrus peels and corn cobs. But paper, weeds, old plants, some soil, that last bit of mulch that was decomposing in the bag, veggie scraps etc. I have a garden pot in the fridge lined with a shopping bag in the bottom of the fridge for scraps, then just tip it in wen its full easy as!January 4, 2012 at 2:30 pm #517951Bandicoot ValleyMember
You could dig a trench or hole & put your compost in there. You can cover the hole with pretty much anything – piece of timber, sheet of plastic, hessian sacks or leave it open (but that will take a little longer to break down). Then when it’s all broken down, you have a lovely new garden bed & then you just dig another hole somewhere else.
I use old plastic rubbish bins found dumped in hard rubbish on the side of the road too. Or I buy 6 bales of straw & make a 2 bale high, 3 sided bay & throw it all in there.
Or (on my 3rd edit to add more ideas) get some chooks & throw the lot to them.
4th edit! You could make your own Bokashi bucket. http://www.bokashiman.com/2007/04/a-diy-bokashi-bucket/ and/or http://theduckherder.blogspot.com/2007/06/bokashi-to-you-too.html and/or http://underthechokotree.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=181:making-your-own-bokashi-bucket&catid=51:keeping-the-place-fertile&Itemid=37January 4, 2012 at 4:10 pm #517952marigoldMember
Cheap plastic dustbin. Cut most of the bottom out and place on patch of earth. Add scraps.
The problem with this is it can go An-aerobic if it gets too wet. But it is smallish, so tipping out and stirring in some newspaper shreds, or the like, before putting back isn’t too much of a bother.January 4, 2012 at 4:14 pm #517953KristyMember
I made a quick compost bin out of wire with small holes. Made a big circle and cable ties. I made one without cardboard lining (made great compost) and now one with cardboard lining, but cardboard is annoying me, so wouldn’t do that again…January 4, 2012 at 4:42 pm #517954
Thanks everyone, appreciate it and off to try a few now.January 4, 2012 at 6:25 pm #517955dianneParticipant
worm farm!! :tup: :tup: :tup:
and just add everything :tup: I put everything in my compost, somethings take longer than others but it all brakes down eventually.
and the worms LOVE corn cobs 😉January 4, 2012 at 7:32 pm #517956porgeyMember
After buying, making, improvising a number of different compost systems I have gone right back to how nature deals with organic “waste” and just make piles of anything and everything in my veggie garden beds.
I call it in-situ vermi composting.
Its so simple with very little effort and virtually no waste. As the piles get bigger more and more worms (both composting and earth worms) inhabit the pile and weave there bio-transforming magic to produce beautiful living hummus rich compost that is so easy to spread over & incorporate into the entire bed. Keeping the piles moist in summer with the existing watering system is quite simple and observing the worm numbers & type indicates the state & health of each pile. Wind can be a bit of a nuisance but the growing veggies offer some protection as does old cotton sheeting or straw.
This one is covered in straw and began in a ditch about 400mm deep. I am waiting for the grass under the black weed mat to die off then I will simply rake the compost over the exposed soil;
This one is about to start in the parsley bed with the sheet showing half the staring area and protective corn;
And this one is a whopper. I am just about to rake it over the green manure in the fore ground then grow another lot of corn in what is left. The horse poo on the left is the start of the next pile next to the Pink Banana Pumpkins from seed Bobbee gave me;
This method costs me nothing and whilst I lined the whopper with scrounged cypress to create containment its absolutely not necessary. In mho opinion there is no need to separate your “waste” from your veggies as this method is perfectly hygenic and slowly leaches beautiful “teas” into your soil & sorrounding veggies as it bio transforms into its end purpose. If you have a big household organic materials wont be a problem. The great lessons, for me at least, is you dont have to spend a cent on fancy bins, worm farms, composting rollers or the like, its so easy, and has passed the test of time – nature has been doing it for millions of years. Best of luck, cheers, porgey.January 4, 2012 at 10:40 pm #517957BronMember
I just dig a hole and dump the scraps in it. I’m not very good at composting (it tends to go slimey), so I prefer this method.
Today I moved our compost bin and let the chooks at it. They had a feast, so as least I can successfully breed insects in it 😀
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