Posted: 26/06/2013 at 12:12
I have two bins....intend to get a third in the autumn
Best to fill one and let it "cook" until next year ...the second bin then to be used with the view it will be used another year later.
I built a large one......concrete sides and wooden removable slats and a hinged opening top. The second bin, still fairly big, is a plastic one with a lid. They both make good compost.
I don't make the time to turn it....as I used to and this makes compost "cook" better.....but I do make sure lawn mowings, veg roots, and all the rest are spread and mixed to ensure ingredients are well distributed.
The tilting, spinning, etc, bins are bit gimmicky I think.
If you get bins with tight fitting lid you won't get rats etc. Can you plant something to hide the bins? Or plant in couple of pots? I like to have something fragrant nearby.....not that my compost smells, it doesn't and shouldn't.....and I have a lavendar hedge close to it.
Well rotted home made compost is brilliant for the garden