Garden Compost Bins
A compost bin is a great way to make sure nothing in your garden goes to waste, and they're easy to set up and use for making your own fertiliser all year. Instead of throwing grass cuttings in the bin, put your waste to work and reduce your carbon footprint. Over time, your organic waste becomes a playground for worms and helpful microorganisms, helping along the decomposition process. This makes your waste suitable to use as fertiliser to add to any plants in your garden, turning compost into a natural way to boost plant growth.
Plastic compost bins are usually ready assembled, making it very easy to get started on composting. Plastic composters seal with a lid, have ventilation along the top and sides, and usually have a door at the bottom of the bin for easy access to ready-to-use fertiliser. Plastic bins typically come in blacks or dark greens which not only makes them blend into your garden but also helps them absorb sunlight to help your compost decompose quickly. They come in sizes from 220 litres up to 600 litres that will accommodate any size garden or allotment.
Wooden compost bins are a popular choice for a natural look that blends into any garden space. These bins are naturally well-ventilated and can have quite a large capacity with bins from 250 litres to 800 litres. Wooden composters are easy to assemble with timber pieces that slot together without the need for hammer and nails. Many of our wooden compost bins have covers attached, but you can use a waterproof compost cover to help open air bins better retain warmth and moisture.
Forest Garden compost bins are a great choice for their traditional design that suits any garden. They're manufactured from pressure-treated timber to make sure you will be able to compost for many years to come. Grange compost bins are also made with pressure treated timber and are a popular choice for use on allotments as they come in several sizes, perfect for bulk composting.
What can I add to a compost bin?
Compost bins can decompose much more than just garden waste: throw in vegetable peelings, fruit scraps, egg shells, wood ashes (not coal ashes), tea and coffee grounds, and even shredded non-glossy paper. You can add just about anything organic, although it's best not to add meaty or fatty food wastes as these take much longer to decompose and can attract flies and pests. Decomposing meat can also produce an awful smell, so it's much easier to maintain a compost bin without fatty table scraps and stick to fruit and veg scraps only. Citrus peels and onions are an exception to this rule, and you shouldn't add these to your compost pile as their
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