I already have a compost bin on my allotment but wonder if there is any
need for a garden incinerator as well? I'm referring to those small
galvanised metal bins with holes in them and a lid on top with a small
What exactly are they used for? Apart from burning say, perennial weeds
such as bindweed, I cannot see why I don't chuck stuff straight onto the
compost heap and let it compost there.
Does anyone here use one?
They are good for annoying the neighbors and turning organic matter into smoke
and ash where its use is much more limited.
Some weed seeds will survive composting unless your compost pile is hot. This
takes more effort than a cold pile.
I find a use for our "incinerator". Posh word for something that is
actually an old and quite rusty 44 gallon drum with the top and bottom cut
out. It has a very rough 8 inch square hacked out on one side and shoved
inwards so I can shove some kindling and a fire lighter inside to set it
going and it has a series of slots hacked into it with a tomahawk all the
way round the base. I use it to burn blackberry brash, fruit tree prunings,
weeds I can't be bothered to lug to the trailer or can't fit into it and a
variety of other things. It lives in the orchard which is about a quarter
of an acre and serves as the chook's day yard. At this time of the year
when it's perishing outside, there is nothing like a burn off of stuff.
Burn cans are illegal throughout our county. Very annoying. I recommend
the following constitutional ammendment:
"A well regulated garden being necessary to the securing of a tidy yard,
the right of the People to keep and use burn-cans shall not be infringed."
-paghat the ratgirl
visit my temperate gardening website:
This is for those who have fun on a small scale. Round here they are likely
to set fire to a few hundred acres. Quaint custom. Gets rid of weeds in the
pasture you know. Gets rid of lots of organic material and nitrogenous
compounds too that would be better off in the soil. But it's cheap. And fun.
Unless you have asthma.
I've heard master gardeners discourage the use of ashes in composting
and gardening. At the same time, I ran a wood furnace for years, and
added all the ashes to my compost pile. When the proportion of ash to
grass clippings and leaves is very low, you shouldn't have a problem.
If ash comes up as a noticeable percentage of the composted material,
consider using it on icy sidewalks rather than in your compost.
Or spread them over your lawn in a thin layer. Ash is minerals and too
valuable to send to the dump. We don't have tons of ash, just from our
fireplace and outdoor fire-bin when we burn anything that may be diseased.
Hmmm. I don't think I'd respect anyone who said not to use ashes in the
garden. In compost then maybe, but as you pointed out, it's fine but not in
Ash, soot and biochar are all good things to use in the garden.
Is this the same garden with the withered and diseased squash and peppers
you've been whining about? The same garden you have haphazardly dumped all
that toxic shit to get rid of rampant insect infestation? You are sorely
lacking in credibility.
Please explain how an abnormal insect pest infestation is related to adding
compost and fertilizer to a garden? Yes, these gardens have been extremely
productive for close to 20 years. Only one is suffering the whitefly and
mite infestation. That really eats your lunch for some reason. And why do
you whine constantly about what people add to their gardens?
The same garden you have haphazardly dumped all
Which toxic shit was dumped in these gardens? Compost? Ashes? Those are
the only things "dumped" there. Was I supposed to spray them with sugar and
water to try and stop the invasion?
You are sorely
And you're nothing but an ignorant, arrogant self centered troll who thinks
insect pests can be gotten rid of by scattering some compost under the
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.