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« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2008 07:02:50 PM »

I made my own too, but mine doesn't have a smiley face!
It was actually a free, well constructed blue plastic trash can from Ace Hardware or somewhere similar.  It's breaking down so much faster than my cold pile was.
Thankfully I don't have to be covert with my composting, but I do admire covert activities!
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« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2008 09:11:28 PM »

What a great (and sneaky) way to compost! I thought I didn't have to hide mine when I started, since I am renting in a house with a yard, but the first week I made it the "gardeners" (read: guys who come twice a month to water and mow the dandelions in the front) took it away! I had to make signs so they knew not to remove it.

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« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2008 02:13:02 PM »

I have to build a covert compost bin myself -- my home owners association won't allow it.  I've been thinking of doing the same thing.  Knowing it worked for you is a huge encouragement.
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« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2008 02:53:11 PM »

i just made a little one for my back yard Smiley it doesn't look special but I am excited to get some worms for it. it isn't really breaking down on its own yet and I am really too impatient to wait much longer  Tongue
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« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2008 09:52:59 PM »

I've been composting for many years, sometimes in a "pile", now in a compost bin. I live in a very dry climate, I always forget to water it and turn it, but I make bushels of "dirt". I never have figured out how to do the layering stuff they tell you about in the magazines. I just throw all the non-dairy, non-meat scraps in ( very kosher Wink ) pile in leaves and clippings as they occur and I am lucky to have a rabbit so I can add all of the straw and poop bedding. I throw in a container of nightcrawlers from the bait shop once a year. Voila-compost!!  My husband digs it out 3-4 times a year for me and we sieve out the chunky bits with an old metal basket.I'm going to use your method to make a second composter, now!!
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« Reply #15 on: October 07, 2008 08:19:00 AM »

Yay!  I just got my Red Wigglers in September, and I am in love with them!  I heard that the worms like to be in shallower ground, so I used an old desk drawer for my container.  The drawer had slats already cut out in the sides, so it drains perfectly, no drill needed!

Here it is (with an old bike inner tube and pillowcase for the lid so that air can get in but the rats stay out):



Close-up of my makeshift lid:



And a corner of the compost, with the fork I use for turning:



I need advice though-  Does anyone have any good ideas for insulating the container this winter??  I'd love to use straw bales, but I don't think my landlord would be psyched about that, since we have a very small backyard in a busy area of the city.  Hmm...
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« Reply #16 on: October 08, 2008 08:13:52 AM »

Straw bales would be good.  If can't swing that though, you might try to rig up a "fish" heater for the worms.  The basic idea is that you sink a container of water into the middle of the bin, then put a very low-power aquarium heater in it to warm the water.  You can also use those hot lights that people use for baby chicks, but since worms don't like lights, I think that's not the best solution (also, I suspect the risk of fire is greater with lights).  The worms will gravitate to whatever part of the bin is a comfortable temperature for them.

They probably won't be that active, but you'll be able to keep them alive through the winter.
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« Reply #17 on: October 08, 2008 12:47:56 PM »

oh my gosh, an aquarium heater!  I never thought of that.  I'll have to check if there is an outdoor outlet nearby, but it's a very interesting solution.  I live in Baltimore, so it's not TOO cold here, so I may just try and risk it and maybe bring a small bucket of the worms inside for December/January/February.
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« Reply #18 on: October 09, 2008 01:58:10 AM »

my compost is coming along nicely! I am going to use some of it soon actually. Most all the large matter is broken down Smiley I'll save some as a new starter and begin again!
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« Reply #19 on: October 09, 2008 05:37:47 AM »

oh my gosh, an aquarium heater!  I never thought of that.  I'll have to check if there is an outdoor outlet nearby, but it's a very interesting solution.  I live in Baltimore, so it's not TOO cold here, so I may just try and risk it and maybe bring a small bucket of the worms inside for December/January/February.

Some other things that might help would be to find a dark colored sheet to use as a lid, and maybe spray paint those buckets underneath black.  Anything to help it retain the sun's warmth would help!
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