Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» 2017 corn pictures
by yolos Today at 8:11 am

» Hello gardener's
by trolleydriver Today at 7:51 am

» The Best Steps for Storing Tomatillos
by trolleydriver Today at 7:48 am

» Eggplant - (Japanese) Millionaire
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 7:39 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by bigdogrock Today at 6:45 am

» Total lunar / solar eclipse
by bigdogrock Today at 6:43 am

» What I've learned this year
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 9:17 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 9:13 pm

» Any Strange and Wonderful Visitors? Photos please!
by hammock gal Yesterday at 7:43 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in August 2017? 2017
by Kelejan Yesterday at 6:20 pm

» Plumeria ?
by sanderson Yesterday at 6:07 pm

» How Many Square Feet Do You Have?
by llama momma Yesterday at 1:58 pm

» New England August 2017
by sanderson Yesterday at 12:45 pm

» Cutting back on my SFG about 75%
by sanderson Yesterday at 12:38 pm

» Baba Ghanoush
by sanderson Yesterday at 12:04 pm

» Beets; Don't be intimidated!
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 11:05 am

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by sanderson Yesterday at 10:30 am

» Happy Birthday!!
by sanderson Yesterday at 10:09 am

» Caterpillars -Armyworm?
by BeetlesPerSqFt 8/19/2017, 8:58 pm

» Oregon City Newbie
by trolleydriver 8/19/2017, 1:04 pm

» Newbie Oldbie
by sanderson 8/19/2017, 12:53 pm

» who has chickens
by llama momma 8/18/2017, 1:40 pm

» Tips for compost tumbler
by trolleydriver 8/18/2017, 12:10 pm

» Franken-mato!!!
by hammock gal 8/18/2017, 7:48 am

» Mid-Atl - Aug 2017 - Planning/Planting Fall/Winter Garden
by BeetlesPerSqFt 8/17/2017, 11:05 pm

» Amaranth
by Scorpio Rising 8/17/2017, 9:53 pm

» It's actually more like surviving.... these days...
by RoOsTeR 8/17/2017, 3:14 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals 8/17/2017, 2:40 pm

» Heat wave and shade screen
by sanderson 8/17/2017, 1:17 pm

» Sweet Potatoes
by sanderson 8/17/2017, 1:04 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Building compost bin & I have questions

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Building compost bin & I have questions

Post  H_TX on 6/3/2011, 2:59 pm

I want to get started on composting. I have thought about a 3x3x3 bin made of wood and wire mesh. I was thinking about turning this cube almost daily and then opening it up and giving it a good turn or mixing occasionally and hopefully help speed up the process. My problem is that I have no experience with this. Will I be able to push this cube over on its side or will it be too heavy? How long should it take to compost? Can I keep this bin in a shaded area since it is plenty hot in Houston?

H_TX

Posts : 25
Join date : 2011-05-31
Location : Houston, TX (Zone 9a)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Building compost bin & I have questions

Post  westx on 6/3/2011, 7:34 pm

3x3x3 is a good size bin and when full may be a pain to turn over the bin. I would suggest building 2 bins side by side then turn from one bin to the other. I do mine about once a month or so or if like last year didn't touch it all winter as I had lots of cow poo from our barn that I just let set and compost. Worked pretty well. Once a week turning should be plenty of turning though. Got to give it a chance to get things heat up good. Once you turn it, it will cool down some and slow down the process. Just my thoughts.

westx

Male Posts : 52
Join date : 2011-05-27
Location : Ellis County, Texas

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Building compost bin & I have questions

Post  kurango on 6/7/2011, 10:42 pm

H_TX,

I am assuming you want to have a hot compost pile. One that composts quickly.
I suggest that you just use the wire mesh to make a 3'x3' round bin. I hold mine together with zip ties. Whenever I want to turn the pile . . .
I cut the zip ties, reposition the wire mesh, next to the pile, then put new zip ties on the wire.

May I also suggest that you watch all the videos from the following link.

http://uccemg.com/Soils-Fertilizers-Compost/Composting-Video-Series-386/

Once you have watched them contact me and I will tell you what I have found to happen, what to avoid, and what to do next.

kurango

kurango

Posts : 26
Join date : 2010-03-03
Location : Rossmoor, (Los Alamitos) CALIFORNIA Zone 10a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Building compost bin & I have questions

Post  TN_GARDENER on 7/11/2011, 8:14 pm

I'm not sure if the pile would have a chance to heat up if it were turned daily.

I prefer to let mine cook. Turning only after I notice a drop in temperature (I use a probe thermometer).

As far as turning goes. I find that it's easier to have a couple bins and use a pitchfork to move it from one pile to the other.

I've said it before, but I think it's worth saying again: See if you can get some used coffee grounds from the local coffee shops. I have noticed a significant improvement in my pile this year once I mixed in some used coffee grounds...and mine is under a big shade tree up here in Tennessee.

TN_GARDENER

Posts : 228
Join date : 2011-06-16
Location : TN

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Building compost bin & I have questions

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum