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Post  Kabaju42 on 3/3/2010, 11:40 pm

Boffer mentioned a some sort of a compost sifter in another thread, and I thought it's worth it's own thread.

What is a sifter? I'm new to this, and I've never heard of that before.
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Re: Compost sifter

Post  happyfrog on 3/4/2010, 8:41 am

i just take chicken wire and lay it over my wheelbarrow and while wearing gloves, rub the compost over it. what goes in wheelbarrow is used in garden, what is big and doesn't sift thru goes back in compost pile to break down further.

not fancy but it works. i roll up the chicken wire when i'm not using it.

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Post  scotch827 on 3/4/2010, 10:04 am

I posted this in another thread.

I just built a square frame out 1x3's just big enough to put on top of my wheelbarrow. I stapled 1/4" hardware cloth on the bottom. It was inexpensive to make. I sift compost for my beds, for my conventional garden i just spread around. I have all kinds of different stuff in my compost. It works well.

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Re: Compost sifter

Post  boffer on 3/4/2010, 10:37 am

Depending on what you compost, how and where, you can end up with 'stuff' that you don't want to put into your SFG-like rocks, branches, and clumps of compost.

Usually, hardware cloth (rabbit cage wire) is used for the screen. Happyfrog described the simplest screener, scotch described the next step up. I screen at half inch for raised beds and ornamental beds; quarter inch for my SFG beds. That's just my personal preference. Compost doesn't have to be screened. I enjoy running my hands through clean Mel's mix.

If you google 'compost screener, you'll find a lot of creative ideas for making screeners. Here's one that I made
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Post  boffer on 3/4/2010, 10:58 am

This works better than I could have imagined. I sifted a couple yards in no time, and barely broke a sweat.

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Post  boffer on 3/4/2010, 11:02 am

But when I got done, I thought: "This is stupid. I own a tractor, why am I using a shovel?" So I set out to make an auto-feeder that I could load with the tractor. Here's the beginning of it; I'll have to go take pics of the finished product. A cheapo post hole auger just happened to fit inside a chunk of 6 inch well casing I scrounged.

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Post  catnip on 3/4/2010, 12:20 pm

WOW, with capitals. What great screeners. I usually go through a couple pairs of gloves each year screening my compost. I also use the 1/2-inch hardware cloth. There is nothing I love more on fall days standing out at the compost pile and running me fingers through warm just-screened compost. They couldn't bottle that purfume! mad

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Post  boffer on 3/4/2010, 12:26 pm

initials, not mood, I remembered! Yeppers, compost under the fingernails is a wonderful thing-are we nuts!
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Post  martha on 3/4/2010, 3:09 pm

Boffer, I agree. Running my hands through Mel's mix is wonderful.
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Post  happyfrog on 3/5/2010, 8:30 am

neat composters! i found online plans to make a 'better' compost sifter than i use now but i just keep runnign out of time - i have so much i wnat to do and not enough hours in a day!

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