Magic Rainbow Compost Bin
We make three standard sizes of the classic compost bin.
The sides are made from 150 x 25 rough sawn macrocarpa which weathers to an inconspicuous colour in your garden. Each strake stacks on top of the one below leaving a 25mm air gap between strakes. The sides are screwed and bolted with all stainless fittings.
The bins are sold broken down and are easily assembled.
Six strakes make a bin approximately 1m high.
Compost bin prices
- Single strake 900 x 900 — $70
- 6 Strakes 900 x 900 — $400
- Single strake 1000 x 1000 — $75
- 6 Strakes 1000 x 1000 — $420
- Single strake 1200 x 1200 — $80
- 6 Strakes 1200 x 1200 — $450
All prices include GST.
Assembly is required but all you need is a 4mm allen key.
If you don’t have one, let us know when you order so we can organise one for you.
Our compost bins can go on any reasonably level area of ground. Place straight on the ground so that the worms can come up into the compost. Each strake is made to sit inside the one below leaving a 25mm gap between the two strakes to encourage air into the compost.
Fill the bin with leaves, grass and vegetable scraps from the kitchen. Large lumps of veges should be cut up first or they will take many many months to compost. Fruit will attract flies and mosquitoes and should be covered, meat will attract mice (or worse) and should be avoided unless you have some experience or wish to gain it. Keep the compost moist, and don’t let it get too cold, this slows down decomposition. If neccesary, place a piece of carpet over the top to act as insulation.
After two months, gently turn the compost over. If there is room, the easiest way to do this is by starting a new pile next to where the bin is. Take the top strake off the bin and place on the ground where the new pile will start. Gently fork the top layer from the old pile into the new pile (trying not to kill the worms!) Lift the strakes from the old pile to the new pile as you transfer the compost over.
Leave the pile for another two months to finish composting, then sprinkle over the garden without digging it in. Or, continue adding to the pile for another two months, then turn again, but take the composted stuff from the bottom and sprinkle on the garden.
There are plenty of variations, some people turn their compost every week, and it’s ready to put on the garden in a month. Some never turn it but leave for a year then fork it over the garden.
But whatever you do, you’re doing the right thing by feeding all the nutrients in that waste back into the garden, rather than sending it to the tip or down the waste disposer.
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