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 Post subject: Compost Bins
PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2005 12:54 pm 
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I have been piling my organic weedes, grass, etc. on the ground and now want to get a Compost Bin. I know I can build one but don't want to fool with that. Does any one have suggestions? I have 1 acre, so I have room. Has any one heard of this outfit in Dallas Clean Air Gardening? They have a unit called Tumbler and Compost Tea Maker. It will hold 7 cu feet of material and claim it can produce 450-900 lbs per year. Also will produce 5 gallons of Compost Tea. This is there link. http://www.cleanairgardening.com/tumcombincom.html

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2005 8:39 am 
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You will hear from the expert, Cap'tCompost, I'm sure, but thought I'd put in my humble 2 cents. If you have an acre then you are ahead of us city folk on tiny lots! They don't call it a 'compost PILE' for nothing. After piling leaves, pulled weeds, kitchen scraps on the ground in back by my driveway for about a year, I finally talked my husband into 'building' a structure. All he did was set some metal posts in a semicircle, tack up a fine mesh chicken wire & walla! It's been 10 yrs & it's still hangin' in there. Easy to turn, easy to add to it. I've read that this 'on the ground' method is better than a plastic bin. Good luck!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2005 8:51 am 
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I wouldn't bother with the tumbler if you have an acre. 7 cubic feet is pretty small when you consider that it might hold one or two large bags of leaves or grass clippings. Plus, it's much easier to just dump stuff in a pile than to load it in a tumbler.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2005 7:27 pm 
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I got tired of looking for a good compost bin so I built my own. It is a 4' X 8' with a divider in the middle. It was a little pricey because I used all ceder 2X4's. Since I live on 1.25 acres I wanted one big enough for all the grass clippings, pick up every other mowing, along with all the kitchen and garden scraps. I even convinced the neighbor to contribute their kitchen scrapes. It helpes that I give them some of the veggies from the garden.

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 Post subject: Re: Compost Bins
PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2005 1:59 pm 
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BeerBasket wrote:
I have been piling my organic weedes, grass, etc. on the ground and now want to get a Compost Bin. I know I can build one but don't want to fool with that. Does any one have suggestions? I have 1 acre, so I have room. Has any one heard of this outfit in Dallas Clean Air Gardening? They have a unit called Tumbler and Compost Tea Maker. It will hold 7 cu feet of material and claim it can produce 450-900 lbs per year. Also will produce 5 gallons of Compost Tea. This is there link. http://www.cleanairgardening.com/tumcombincom.html

So, nobody here has any experience with these contraptions?

I live in a residential area without a great deal of space to spare. I was sorta thinking of placing one of these tub things on a part of my driveway that goes behind the house, along a fence against neighbor's shed. I hate to tear up some bushes just for a compost pen, and I certainly don't want it in the middle of the back yard. Also, wasn't thinking of composting everything, especially since the city does that so stuff wouldn't go into a land fill. Mainly was just thinking of some composting for flower bed, and possibly some raised vegetable beds I'm thinking of building next Spring. (Assuming we're not seeing the beginnings of another dust bowl.)


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2005 5:22 pm 
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If you look thru the posts, I believe within the last year someone has posted the same question and there were some people that responded. Sorry I can answer your question because I built my own bins.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2005 7:16 pm 
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I don't use a bin at all, just a pile. It works great for me. I'm limited in spaces to place one, so one is all I have and it has been in the same location for 11 years now.

To answer (in a way) the question about the Clean Air folks. They were present as a vendor at this year's Organic Show in Arlington. I don't know what checks Howard or his organization does (if anything at all), but my guess is that they are reputable people and have been around on the 'net for several years. I can say that the folks manning their booth were quite cordial.

***Disclaimer*** I am not associated with the Clean Air Gardening company in any shape, form, or fashion. Neither have I ever made a purchase from them.

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"Also, wasn't thinking of composting everything" Saw this posted earlier and I have to say - OMG just wait! Once you get started making your own compost you will never have enough. LOL!
Have fun!

As for the bin - I've heard good and bad. They can be quite bulky and heavy to move yet if you are quite picky about appearance it might make sense for you. I persoanlly cannot wait to save up for the my Mantis ComposTwin thingamajig. My piles stay too dry and I am tired of having to add water to them.
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There is a wire bin called a Sheperd's compost bin that comes highly recommended by people who make compost. Easy to use and easy to move around. The Parks Dept in Coppell sells them for $50. The wire is coated with PVC and warranty for 20 years.


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I've had my Shepards bin for about 5-6 years, still looks new.
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