Square Foot Gardening Forum

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.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing December 2016
by Kelejan Today at 1:42 am

» N&C Midwest: December 2016
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:32 pm

» Mid-South: December 2016
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:26 pm

» Mid-Atl - Dec 2016 - Seed Catalog ?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:24 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:21 pm

» 1st Seed Catalog Arrived :)
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:15 pm

» Tomato Tuesday 2016
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 8:06 pm

» Holy snow Batman!
by donnainzone5 Yesterday at 4:40 pm

» Second Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 4:06 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 4:01 pm

» Amaranth
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 12:06 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 12:03 pm

» Garlic: Freeze, thaw, and heave
by donnainzone5 Yesterday at 11:14 am

» Live and learn
by jimmy cee Yesterday at 9:08 am

» New England, December 2016
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:09 am

» AtlantaMarie's Garden
by countrynaturals 12/4/2016, 2:04 pm

» Mychorrhizae Fungi
by audrey.jeanne.roberts 12/4/2016, 1:28 pm

» December 2016 Avatar: Show your Winter Season Colors!
by Scorpio Rising 12/3/2016, 11:17 pm

» SFG not giving the results I expected
by No_Such_Reality 12/3/2016, 7:21 pm

» New Member
by trolleydriver 12/3/2016, 4:14 pm

» First season SFG results / lessons learned
by countrynaturals 12/3/2016, 10:36 am

» Eat Broccoli Leaves? Brussels Sprouts? Cauliflower?
by sanderson 12/3/2016, 2:55 am

» Winter's Coming!
by sanderson 12/3/2016, 2:53 am

» Dry versus fresh spices to infuse vinegar
by sanderson 12/3/2016, 2:50 am

» 2016 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by sanderson 12/3/2016, 1:28 am

» Senseless Banter...
by MrBooker 12/2/2016, 5:17 pm

» Blanching and Freezing Vegetables
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 4:59 pm

» Your Christmas wish list?
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 4:29 pm

» SFG Adventure of a first time gardener in ND
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 4:14 pm

» Fusion Life Brands Power XL pressure cooker
by CapeCoddess 12/2/2016, 2:39 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Trash Can

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Trash Can

Post  jhayford on 6/20/2011, 11:02 pm

Can I use a trash can for my compost heap?

jhayford

Female Posts : 61
Join date : 2011-06-17
Age : 41
Location : Lenanon, Tn zone 6b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Trash Can

Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 6/20/2011, 11:03 pm

Poke some holes in it to allow air to enter would be my recommendation.

BackyardBirdGardner

Male Posts : 2727
Join date : 2010-12-25
Age : 42
Location : St. Louis, MO

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Trash Can

Post  happycamper on 6/20/2011, 11:44 pm

I tried this a few years ago, many people do use a garbage can for compost. There are many videos online (YouTube) on how to make a compost bin out of a garbage can.

I had used a 1/4" bit and drilled holes every six inches around a plastic can with a locking lid and had it on the deck during winter (I rolled it bi-weekly). It made a large ball inside by spring and I determined that I did not have enough "browns" during that time of year to make it work properly. The can has now been repurposed and is used for holding the chicken manure and bedding when I clean the coop until it can be dumped in compost pile #3. I walk to compost pile #1 during the winter rather than dealing with the can, it was just too heavy to dump.

I am sure you will have better luck than I did. Happy composting!

happycamper

Female Posts : 304
Join date : 2010-05-26
Location : East County Portland, OR

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Trash Can

Post  Mamachibi on 6/21/2011, 12:35 pm

Can you lay the can on it's side and "roll" it a couple times a week they way they do those fancy expensive composters?

Mamachibi

Posts : 300
Join date : 2011-06-17
Location : Zone 6b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Trash Can

Post  ModernDayBetty on 6/21/2011, 12:45 pm

I made mine last week out of a 20 gallon rubbermade black garbage can. I kind of hate it. I drilled a bunch of holes, which was fun, and I am using a bungie (sp?) cord to keep the lid closed. The material it's made out of makes it really difficult for the lid to stay in place while I'm trying to roll it when it's hot outside. If you're like me and just couldn't afford another project it will work for now but I definitely won't be using it as a long term solution.

A lot of online sites tell you to use a can with a screw on lid but I couldn't find any such thing. And perhaps a can made out of a different material would work better than what I got, idk.

ModernDayBetty

Female Posts : 298
Join date : 2011-03-19
Location : Central Washington Zone 7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Trash Can

Post  AZDYJ2K on 6/21/2011, 4:04 pm

The city I live in will give you a compost bin made out of an old municipal garbage container. They chop the bottom off of old containers and drill air holes all around it.

AZDYJ2K

Male Posts : 169
Join date : 2010-05-28
Location : Chandler, AZ USDA Zone 9A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Trash Can

Post  Sponsored content Today at 5:09 am


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