May 28, 2010 at 12:58 am #252315VanessaMember
How many compost bins do you have? and what type are they?
Do you prefer the black plastic type bins or bays or just heap it all in a pile.
Also how much garden do you have to collect waste from and to use the compost on.
At the moment I am on 2 acres, about 1 acre is garden/yard, and at the moment I have three compost bins (2 of the square bolt together plastic type and one round black plastic one) two of them are full from lawn clippings and weeds, and a bit of raked up chook mess (this is in three months of moving here and not including any of the weeds that have recently grown with the rains), and I am thinking that I need more bins or a bay type setup, or a really big worm farm, especially once I get some veggie beds up and running like I want to.May 28, 2010 at 2:01 am #466744nimmParticipant
Depends on the type of composting you want to do! I’m still in the process of setting up 3 bins which are each just over 1 cubic metre and in a roughly cube shape too. FYI I’m on just under 2 acres, and I think this system should work well.
The idea would be to have 1 for materials collection, which may be breaking down slowly but the idea is just to collect enough material.
Another could be hot composting. i.e. enough material collected, kick off the process, and let it cook for the next 3 (summer) to 6 weeks (winter).
The last could be a mature pile that I’m using in the garden.
You want to get hot composting going in order to kill any nasties in the pile as well as seeds. It also keeps out other pets and gets you a pile of ready to use compost in the fastest time frame. For this to work though you need a big enough pile, 1 cubic meter minimum. You need the right ratio of carbon to nitrogen. Green stuff is bang on at 20:1, but dry and woody stuff is much higher in carbon and you need to add manure to balance it out. The pile also has to be saturated to start the process (yes saturated). Then ideally protected some way so it’s not rained on, dried out, and to keep the heat in. You will then need to turn it, once a week is lazy enough but more might help it go quicker.
Worm farms are still useful because kitchen waste going into the collecting bin will be there for a while attracting rodents and ants. Best to give this to the worms but keep in mind they don’t like some things like meat, cheese, onion, and citrus.May 28, 2010 at 2:20 am #466745beccaMember
We are on a much smaller property, but my goal this year (among others) is to send no organic waste to landfill, so we currently have a compost tumbler, two home-made compost bins, and I’ve just started up the bokashi bin again which is useful for the things that compost and worms aren’t keen on. I’m about to start the worm farm up too, and that way I figure we’ll take care of everything. My compost bins are small (made from big plastic rubbish bins, turned upside down with hole in the centre and the lid on the “top”) so I have to turn them regularly; and it’s cold composting so I just have to be careful to get weeds before they become seedy, or do the soak-in-the-bucket thing to kill them off first.May 28, 2010 at 5:13 am #466746ZandyMember
Aeration is vital in good compost so I would opt for an open sided type one eg: wire, slatted wood. I have some tumbler type ones but need to drill holes in the sides for better aeration.
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