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  • #43706

    Tommy Ryan
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    Really interested in building a compost bin structure similar what I see on the videos of Homeacres. Charles, did you design this on your own or did you work off a plan? Looks simple enough from what I see from pictures, but would be handy to have some measurements and any ideas for improvements to the design after having some experience using it.

    #43707

    charles
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    Hello Tommy and yes, I designed the structure, which is as simple as you see. The 6in main posts are a foot into the ground with some concrete around.
    One variation would be to have posts that allow slotting planks in and out, as heaps are filled and then emptied.
    My structure has plywood screwed to sides and front, then unscrewed to turn and empty heaps.
    Bay size is approx. 1.5m/5ft square, should be 4ft for a smaller garden.

    #43714

    Tommy Ryan
    Participant

    Thanks Charles for the details. The simplicity is the attraction to the structure. With the height of the roof for cover, I like the fact you can work the compost under cover and walk in and out like it was a potting shed to store some tools that can be outside under cover.

    In terms of size, I just moved into a new house that I bought explicitly for the land to vegetable and flower garden (6 acres with some woods and ~ 1.5-2 acres flat open spaces). I currently have a 50′ x 120′ initial plot I am starting no dig. I also have 8 flower garden beds throughout the 6 acre property, so I believe I should go with the 1.5m/5ft square.

    Thanks again for the quick feedback. Hope to make it out your way some day for a class. I watch your events page to see if you ever make it to the southeastern US, since I am in Georgia.

    #43725

    charles
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    Yes it has turned out to be a generally useful space. Steph set up a bookshop in two bays during an open day.
    Best of luck with yours, you could post an image once complete. One day I shall make it to your part of the world.

    #43788

    Rhys
    Participant

    Tommy

    I do not know if collecting water is important in Georgia, but designs like that have quite an ability to fill water butts if you slope the roof front to back and have butts to the rear. If nothing else, they should allow you to keep early heaps appropriately moist…..

    #43884

    Tommy Ryan
    Participant

    Thanks Rhys for the additional feedback on the roof. Charles, I will be sure to take a picture when done. Looking forward to seeing you one day on your home turf or mine. For now, here is a picture of a part of the garden under the snow we just received 2 days ago. A 7 inch snow in Georgia in early December is quite rare. Cheers!

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    #43899

    charles
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    That is a lovely photo Tommy and I look forward to seeing your building too.

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