OT: Compost bins/tumblers

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  1. temery

    temery What?

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    I've used an old wood wine barrel as a compost bin, but it's beginning to rot. Replacing the wood barrel is beyond my budget, so I'm looking for a cheaper alternative.

    Anyone have first hand knowledge of a suitable replacement? I'm currently looking at barrel tumblers, but I'm open to anything that'll work.
     
  2. Robertelamin

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    Can't you just make a compost pile in the corner of your yard or just throw it all in your pond?
     
  3. Husky25

    Husky25 Dink & Dunk beat the Greatest Show on Turf.

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    Where do you live?
     
  4. temery

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    Why would I throw it in the pond? I want to use the compost in my garden.

    Compost piles need to be turned often in order to get the best results, and the wanted nutrients often leach into the ground, feeding the roots of nearby plants.

    The barrel I've been using has been great - I use a drywall compound mixer bit on my cordless drill to mix the compost a couple times a week, with great success (I tapped the barrel and drain off "compost tea" to feed by garden plants). But the problem, as I said, is the current barrel is rotting away.
     
  5. temery

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    Springfield area.
     
  6. TopDogs

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    I've read about, but have not tried, using a large plastic tote/storage container. You have to drill holes on all side of the bin for air circulation and line the inside with something like wire mesh to keep rodents out. Would seem like a cheap solution. (I would also think that the sun would weaken the plastic over time making frequent replacement necessary)
     
  7. Husky25

    Husky25 Dink & Dunk beat the Greatest Show on Turf.

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    Darn...There is a quasi-municipal authority in SE CT that sells hard black plastic compost bins and portable containers at cost.
     
  8. temery

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    Would I need to be a ct resident to get one?
     
  9. stickyrice

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    Make yourself a tumbler out of the blue 55 gallon barrels. I made one and people sell them real cheap. Sometimes give them away.
     
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  10. temery

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    How'd you make it?
     
  11. Husky25

    Husky25 Dink & Dunk beat the Greatest Show on Turf.

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    No, but the office is about an hour and a half away from Springfield. On the bright side, the plastic in the bins is 100% recycled material.
     
  12. temery

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    That's not a deal breaker, regardless. I've been comped several times at the casinos because there is apparently another Tom Emery living in Connecticut. If I can get meals and a room, my guess is I could get a couple blue barrels.

    Thanks for the idea. Making my own may be the best way to go. My concern at this point is BPAs from the plastic.
     
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    UConnNick from Vince Lombardi's home town

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    There sure is another Tom Emery living in CT. He's also known to UCONN fans as "Big Red". I believe he lives in Wallingford, and it wouldn't surprise me in the least that he may frequent the same casinos.
     
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    If you are planning to use the compost in your garden, don't use plastic or treated wood. I would recommend building a basic bin out of cedar, which is naturally resilient.
     
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  15. stickyrice

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    There's a few videos on YouTube. I kinda took ideas from all of them. But basically just cut out a door and install hinges and a handle. Drill holes for air and custom your own base with casters
     
  16. temery

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    I've heard of this Big Red, and I'm told he hates the boneyard, so I guess he and I have that in common.
     
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    It certainly depends which plastic. HDPE is generally considered very safe for gardening.
     
  18. Scottzer

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    I hear you on the pile composting, but it gives you a wonderful benefit - worm castings. They provide lots of beneficial microbes, and it won't take long for worms to move in - even if you're not turning it on a regular basis.
     
  19. FriarJ

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    I just built this one and the wire on the back and the sides is called hardware cloth and cheaply available from Amazon or a big box hardware store.
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  20. Scottzer

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    Gardening related: I made my first batch of biochar today. About 10 gallons in roughly 2 hours. Saved me about $70-$100 versus buying it. If anyone would like a recipe, I'll give you one. If you recently burned brush, you can make a great fertilizer/soil conditioner.
     
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    Make an eight foot circle of chicken wire about 2 and a half to 3 feet high. Stake it to the ground so it won't blow away, fill it with leaves, grass clippings, food scraps, coffee grounds, etc. Throw in some red wrigglers, and buy a pitchfork.
     
  22. Da_Aisijimo_Gou

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    Looks good and all, but over- engineered much ...? Cut grass, leaves, and other crap, toss in 3 separate-evolving piles in back corner of yard, add fruit/veggie scraps, egg shells, etc. regularly, add some lime if feeling over the top, flip around monthly or with $2 yard sale-purchased long-handled pitch fork (or, equivalent), BOOM ... science happens, ship-loads of worms, organic-crap ingesting insects, etc. do their thing, and great compost results. To be fair, your box is really cute! ;)
     
  23. temery

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    Simple wins. The only thing I added was a couple layers of heavy black plastic on the ground so I'm not feeding the roots of nearby trees. I may build a second one next to the one I just built. This is the set up my grandmother used for years. Add leaves, grass, etc. Every couple weeks or so, lift off the chicken wire, and use a pitchfork to toss the pile into the second one. Repeat every couple weeks.

    Next step - buy a couple pounds of red wiggles.

    Thanks, and thank you to all those who replied.
     
  24. FriarJ

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    Thank you, that's not actually my box but I used this picture to build my box. I don't have room for 3 piles. If I did I would believe me. My whole yard is over engineered so I had to make sure my box was attractive. I put the hardware cloth on bottom as well. Allows worms to pass but not bigger critters.
     
  25. Da_Aisijimo_Gou

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    Tom, you could save some dinero ... worms will quickly find their way to your piles. Adding our fruit and veggie scraps, egg shells, and other stuff which otherwise would go down the disposal or in the trash seemed to enhance the grass, leaf, and other outside stuff. Within a few months in season one, our piles had sh|t loads of sizable worms doing their thing big time!