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Discussion in 'Gardening' started by Going Bhonkers, Jan 30, 2013.
Just to get / give ideas!
I have a large tumbler composter. It works but I'm not a huge fan. I'm hoping to take the pallats I just got apart to make a large (12x15 ft) compost pile that I don't have to do anything with. Just pile everything on and let nature take it's course. Or maybe just make the main compost pile in the chicken coop once I get it all built and filled.
Yeah... I'm using a plastic garbage can... not a fan of it either. Very hard to turn. Hoping to get some ideas from others on here
Sorry no pics but mine is currently two homemade tomato cages made out of cattle wire that I took apart since on not in tomato season anymore. Haha I then wrapped Chicken wire around it it contains about two wheelbarrows worth of compost in it and I piled about 1 bale of straw on top of it so it stays warm in this freezing weather were having right now. I will then put that weathered straw into next spring new compost and boom I have a head start on decomposing that straw.
I have used pallets before to contain the compost. I put 4 pallets together to form a square, and used one as a door. Every saturday I would use a pitchfork to rake everything out, then rake it back it so it would get mixed up. This worked real good, no smell and I got some of the finest dirt I've ever seen. For the past few years I throw all my yard waste, except tree branches,leaves, lawn clippings, stuff from the house into a long pile and use my riding mower with a rototiller to mix it up once a week. This also creates some nice s**t.
It's not pretty and it's looking pretty pathetic right now, but it works. 3 pallets nailed together and a few boards nailed across the front. Thanks to a very very warm fall and very warm winter my composter which was full is now down to about 18 inches.
Question for you all, isnt there a chance that kitchen scraps will attract bears or dogs (or any other animal that will want to get a closer sniff)? How do you minimize this from happening?
I'm not worried about bears in the area that I'm in. I do keep a pellet gun by the back door for the stray dogs, raccoons and skunks but they don't do much damage and move on rather quickly if I don't catch them first.
Honestly my chickens get to it before anything else does and the one stray cat we have in the area is terrified of my girls. So I'm not concerned.
As long as you don't put any meat products into the pile it won't get any visitors. The only critters that go into my compost pile are turkeys and deer, no meat eaters.