PRODUCT REVIEWS: COMPOST BINS (NOVEMBER 22)

Making your own compost is not difficult and there are a range of bins and accessories to help you on your way

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BOKASHI BIN (SET OF 2)

With these two Bokashi bins you can convert food waste into nutrient rich soil conditioner. The kit includes 2 x Bokashi Buckets, 2 taps, 1 scoop, 1 bran tamper and 1kg of Bokashi Bran. Small, compact and odour free, so can be kept in the kitchen. The bins will take fruit and vegetables, dairy products, meat and bones, and fish.

GARDENING NATURALLY
www.gardening-naturally.com
TEL: 01285 760505
PRODUCT CODE: BOK2
PRICE: £39.99

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KG VERDICT
Bokashi bins are a compact and versatile option for turning kitchen waste into decomposing orgniac matter and liquid fertiliser. Add a heap of bran to each layer of waste to ferment it. Liquid from the bin can be drained and then diluted with water whilst the Bokashi waste at the end of the process can be added to the existing compost heap.  With two bins this is good value for money.

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GARDEN GROW ROTATING COMPOSTER

With two compartments, 80 litre capacity in each, you can add compostable materials into one chamber and when it’s full you can use the second chamber. With regular rotation and sufficient warmth it is estimated that composting will take between two to eight weeks.

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SUTTONS
www.suttons.co.uk
TEL: 0333 043 0700
PRODUCT CODE: G2198
PRICE: £89.99

KG VERDICT
With its two chambers, this is a good size composter that will produce some good compost providing you feed it right and rotates it regularly – say every two to three days. It comes as a flat back and there is a little work involved putting it together but the instructions are easy to follow and it knits together well to provide a strong and robust rotary composter.

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THERMO-KING COMPOST BIN

Manufactured from 100% recycled plastic, this 400L Thermo-King compost bin insulates your compost , facilitating  a speedy breakdown of organic matter to form compost. good quality compost quicker. Length 74cm (29in); width 74cm (29in); height 84 cm  (33in)

TWO WESTS & ELLIOTT
www.twowests.co.uk
TEL: 01246 451077
PRODUCT CODE:  GUTHK400L
PRICE: £104.99

KG VERDICT
If you’re looking for capacity, you won’t be disappointed with this plastic compost bin. This is a 400 litre one but 600 ones are available too. Arriving as a flat pack, it’s very easy to put together – just a matter of slotting the panels together. With the lid off there’s also plenty of room for turning the contents, and the bottom panel can be easily lifted off when it comes to accessing the compost when it is ready. For a little extra, you can also purchase a soil fence  – this lies at the base of the composter to prevent rodents getting in.

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