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ellen says ...
What a good Idea. Ive got a old container ,so now i can use it for composting
04/05/2013 8:36:21 AM CDT
Deborah says ...
this looks like a great project
04/05/2013 9:11:33 AM CDT
Cole says ...
We've done similar composters with basic round plastic trash cans. We drill the holes, but cut out the bottom completely, then set it in or very near the garden. Every 2-4 weeks, depending on the season, we just lift and jiggle to "shimmy" up the can, leaving a cylinder of material. Put the can in a new spot next to the previous spot. With garden gloves, it is very easy to then pick up the material and dump back into the can, with the most recent material then going first into the can, thus reversing or (tumbling) the material. This way adds more air as well. Has worked great for us, and SO easy.
04/05/2013 3:40:01 PM CDT
Margaret says ...
I love this. Thanks.
04/06/2013 7:09:50 PM CDT
Vicki says ...
I have been searching for composter ideas the past week or so...my daughter gave me a kitchentop canister to save my scraps a few months back. Since we are now pretty much vegan, we have alot of veggie and fruit scraps, however, not a lot of 'brown' needed to create good compost. Does anyone know a way to compost just food scraps in a container (not trenching) smaller than a large trash can? We have several rubbermaid containers we used to keep toys in - aprox. 4'x3'x1' - and would love to use them to compost somehow. Any suggestions would be much appreciated! Thanks!
04/08/2013 2:11:47 PM CDT
Aletha says ...
Question: Since plastic has BPAs, does this affect compost quality?
04/08/2013 6:39:33 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@ALETHA - Unfortunately we do not have any research regarding this question. If this is a concern, I would try to find a BPA-free trash can to convert!
04/10/2013 4:42:59 PM CDT
drainage says ...
Appreciate this post. Will try it out.
10/28/2013 2:55:48 PM CDT
Susan Johnson says ...
We have been using this technique for years . My husband built a screened shelf on the bottom so the liquid would collect at the bottom. He made a spigot that you can open to drain the compost juice out. We have tested it for nitrogen and it was off the charts, so we have diluted it, before putting it on plants. My problem is the flies!! When you open the trashcan lid there are so many fruit flies!!
06/23/2014 10:38:07 AM CDT

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