My apologies to two year olds worldwide.......... In my defence, I did
consider and reject referencing any rodentia, viperids, or parasitoids,
however...... Poor things have it hard enough without being associated with
a........... well, I'll just leave it at that.
I rather like the style of the dalek (Earth-Machine)
because I am a fan of Dr Who, but I have to admit that the first one
Sheldon mentions -
has a much longer warrenty.
Right now I have a poorly functioning pile out near my septic tank and
mostly all it is doing is drying up in this hot summer. I will put my
soilmaker/soilsaver, as it is called,right there where the ground is
always a little warm. I would think that would help,especially in the
winter since that area is the first to thaw, first to green up. Just
as the saying goes, the grass truly is always greener over the septic
Sheldon, great pictures. I saved some as examples. We don't have the
goose problem but we sure have the deer. Persistent beasts. I like
the netting over top, too. This last summer we had such a scorcher
that the plants - did actually get sun scald. I need to get some
saran cloth or something to provide shade if we are going to continue
global warming. The Soilsaver composters like yours are on the way -
got a great deal on eBay.
I'm glad you got good deal, how good a deal did you get on Ebay, I
never would have though to look there for a composter, but then I've
never bought anything from Ebay. Just figured I'd take a peek, found
this, a great price, less than I paid more than ten years ago:
When you set up your composter choose a level spot that's slightly
pitched away (you don't want the composter set in a depression that
can collect water) and check with a level that you set it plumb and
check with a carpenter's square that all the corners are at 90deg...
otherwise the lid won't fit well. Also find a relatively dry spot,
not somewhere that stays kind of boggy when there's heavy
precipitation, otherwise with winter snows and freezes the ground will
be more likely to heave and skew your composter out of kilter, and
then the lid won't fit. That's the main reason I moved my composter
uphill a bit, there's a small seasonal stream that runs along that
edge of my garden. The garden was set there because even in periods
of drought I don't need to water... that ground can appear dry as
desert but dig down six inches and it's moist.
The Soilsaver composters like yours are on the way -
I think you found the same ad. I paid $58 on eBay for the exact same
item composters.com has for $99.50. Shipping was basically the same.
I am thrilled. No, I would never have thought of eBay either, but
lately have become creative in shopping online. Did you know you can
get car parts on Amazon?
Well, poor little Sheldon baby, I'll just tell you the story one
more time then you really will have to lie down in your cot and take a
Once upon a time, Joe, Janet, and various other grown-ups decided to
look on the internet, at pictures of different kinds of compost bins,
because we wanted to be sure we're all talking about the same thing; and
we are. The End.
There now, that wasn't too hard to follow was it? It was? Poor baby.
Never mind. Now, you just lie back and suck your thumb.We'll leave the
light on so you won't be frightened.
I have another question. I will buy the Soilmaker at
that Sheldon recommended and I have a spot near my septic tank which
will be great since it is a bit warmer in the winter. First to thaw,
so as the saying goes, the grass is always greener over the septic
tank. My question concerns some squash and tomato vines to compost,
but we have no grinder or shredder. What would be a recommended way
of composting those vines other than cutting into bite-size pieces?
How small would we realistically need to cut them or do we need to cut
them at all? Can we just just stuff them in the composter and let
them cook? Please advise.
Those vines might remain a bit "rope-ish", while other stuff around them
composts easily. Dump them back into the composter. Or, get yourself a pair
of scissors that'll make it easy to cut the vines. Joyce Chen kitchen
scissors are good for this. The same thing is sold at garden centers for
twice the price, labeled as florist's scissors.
By the way, I've found the compost mixing tool to be useful. Check the web
site - should be twenty of thirty bucks.
You really need to bone up on composting. I had a triple bin above ground
composter that worked just fine. No smell, no slime, temps up to 160+F
during active composting with earthworms and other assorted munchy
organisms after cool down, too.
Sheldon's just being weird. (So what's new?)
This is what normal people envision when they think of above-ground
Sheldon's pretending that above ground composters all look like this or
similar. No soil contact:
Once our definitions match, there will be no further problems with this
Actually by your own link there is no such nomenclature as "above
ground" composter... again, for the THICK HEADED, this thread evolved
into calling a tumbler type composter an above ground composter.
You're weird (actrually you're an ignoranus), in that you and your
cohorts are pretending to be erudite while in fact you're functionally
The thing I don't understand (among others) is that my compost heap just
disappears into the soil. It is only 1 1/2 feet tall and I never reach
the top of it with my kitchen scraps. ?? I think I need to take my
kitchen scraps up to the garden this winter and cut out the middle man.
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It doesn't disappear into the soil below. It just shlumps down,
with the weight and the moisture.
When I dump stuff in, there is a lot of air inside the volume -
it's fluffy. Then, while it sits and decays, it compacts
downward due to weight/gravity, and the basic space-efficiency of
Also, the moisture level can go to a sort of equilibrium, towards
a more efficient (smaller volume) level. With any excess
hopefully draining into the soil below. Although you must be
careful to keep a reasonable (not too soggy, not too dry) amount
of moisture going in. Including into a full bin that you are
allowing to sit without additions.
Think of a mason jar, full of marbles. There will be a lot of
air space. But, if the marbles gradually turned to sand, the
contents would be more efficient, and would appear to be smaller.
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