Conical bins on an allotment site
These bins consist of a recycled plastic open at the top and bottom. They are normally supplied with a separate, rather than an attached, lid and, in some cases a base plate. They usually have an inspection or harvesting
hatch at the bottom. In some models, the hatch is held in place by pushing part of it behind the edge of the bin. When the bin is filled, it may distort slightly making refitting the hatch difficult after harvesting and, overtime, the plastic edges of
the hatch may split. Replacement hatches may be purchased from Get Composting. Given the choice, some decide to pay a little more and get one of the versions with a sliding hatch. In most cases, the hatch is relatively small and although it is
relatively easy to harvest compost using a border spade many people prefer to harvest and remix the compost by tapping the bin to loosen the contents and lifting the bin leaving a neat compost mound. The empty bin can be placed on the ground next
to the heap and the uncomposted material forked into the now empty bin. I have a colleague who uses this technique to aerate the compost emptying and refilling the bin fortnightly.
of bin is normally supplied in black or green. The bin is light in weight and can be easily lifted off the compost for emptying and moved round the garden to meet changing needs. Empty or partly filled bin, tops or hatches may be blown across the garden or
allotment site by strong winds. On allotments this enables plot holders to play hunt the bin and talk others on the site. Labelling bins, lids and hatches with the plot number saves problems during any bin identity parade after a storm.
This type of bin is normally placed directly on the soil in a sunny part of the garden or plot. As they tend to be relatively small with a capacity of 200 or 300 litres, they are likely to dry out in the summer and may need the occasional
addition of water or preferably the sludge from Compost Tea making. As the bin is not insulated, it will only work effectively during the warmer months and will slow down or stop during the winter.
which seal the bottom of the bin reducing the likelihood of rats gaining access, can be purchased for some models. Fitting a base also means that the bin will not be blown off the compost and across the garden in strong winds. The lid is usually of a simple
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