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Sturdy, well made, wooden composter
Hand Made Compost Bin
Item #: CB1a
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Composting is one of the key arts of organic gardening that will enable you to maintain healthy, fertile soil and productive plants year after year. Our heavy duty Northern White Cedar Compost Bin is one of the best composters available. Handcrafted wooden composting bins make the practice of producing your own compost easier, more efficient, and much more attractive.
Composting is the practice of rapidly decomposing organic matter into humus, the soil particle capable of providing the most nutrients to plants. Our wooden composting bins feature a slatted construction to create optimal airflow and water penetration for a healthy, balanced compost.
Simply lift up the hinged lid and throw a balanced mix of yard waste and organic matter into the compost bin. Experiment with different ratios of carbon and nitrogen containing ingredients for best balance. The front panel of the bin slides up to allow access for turning the compost pile over and mixing the ingredients, for ultimate functionality in wooden composting bins. Order two and you can let one pile set for a year to decompose while you fill the other.
The durable Northern White Cedar, 100% screw construction, featuring 3” x 3” posts and 1 ¼” walls, will enable your compost bin to hold up to the elements. Cedar is a naturally rot-resistant material suited for use in the best composters. Four wall enclosure and a hinged lid will prevent animal invasion.
Dimensions: 32” L x 32” W x 30” H
Shipping Weight: 50 lbs
Material: Northern White Cedar
Assembly: 100% Screw Construction
What should I put into my compost bin?
There are many recipes for successful compost piles. These recipes often relate to key ratios of nitrogen containing “green” plant material to carbon heavy “brown” organic matter. We recommend you read about effective organic compost methods as you begin to add material to your pile. In general, yard and garden trimmings, vegetable kitchen scraps, and livestock manure are all good ingredients when added in the right ratio. Avoid adding fish, meat, dairy, pet manure, and any diseased plants to the pile.
Where should I put my compost bin?
Position the compost bin away from the house in the shade to maintain adequate moisture levels.
Will my compost bin attract animals?
The lid of the compost bin will prevent larger animals from entering the pile. Avoid putting meats and fish into the compost as these will attract animals. Try to cover food waste added to the pile with yard trimmings, if available.
How long will it take for my compost to be ready to use in the garden?
A carefully managed pile will take one to two months to compost. This involves frequent turning of the compost material, made possible by the front access door. You will know that your compost is ready to add to the garden when the pile as reduced to a third of its original size, when the compost has an earthy smell, and when the temperature of the compost is within 10 degrees of the surrounding temperature. It is OK to still recognize pieces of the compost material in the final compost. A hot compost pile is still in the process of decomposition and might do more harm than good to your plants.