QUOTE (ran27 @ 17/01/2013, 08:43 AM)
air needs to be able to get into the compost - i know bunnings sells a lot of bins without sufficient aeration. maybe drill some holes into the lid or keep the lid off so that it gets some air and also give it a stir every couple of days. it does need to stay moist, and it is good to put paper, straw, leaf matter in as well. Avoid dairy products.
maybe keep the lid off for a few days to try to get rid of the mould?
Yes, we bought this one from Bunnings and I did worry about the lack of holes. We have taken the lid off it because today is supposed to be super hot. Tomorrow I will turn it and maybe put a bit of dirt on top and some worms too. I didn't know that about dairy products. I will avoid that from now on
QUOTE (buttercup-bob @ 17/01/2013, 08:46 AM)
maybe too much water? its only meant to be kept moist, not dripping wet.
have you got worms in as well? they can help break down the matter quicker.
Yeah, there was water dripping down the sides when I had a look and we are definitely getting some worms in ASAP
QUOTE (twinboys @ 17/01/2013, 08:52 AM)
The best thing for a compost bin is a corkscrew turner.
You get them from Bunnings and they are around $20 and you just turn the compost over every week or so.
I wouldn't be putting the extra water in the bin though - tip this water onto some plants around the bin or into a couple of pot plants as they tend to dry out pretty quickly.
I would also get a bigger kitchen bin so you are not having to go out twice a day
You can also wrap the scraps into newspaper or line the kitchen bin with newspaper so this will keep the bin cleaner and the paper will be composted.
I put a fair bit of paper into my compost bin - used tissues, egg cartons, paper towels, serviettes. It helps to keep the contents a bit drier as well
I did mention a corkscrew turner to my husband but he poo-poohed that idea. I think I might broach the subject again after he has turned it a few times
Going out twice a day is not an issue. My husband works in a bungalow out the back so he's just taking it out when he goes back after lunch. And, then after dinner he takes it out again when he feeds the cats. I can't handle a bigger compost bin in the house because my kitchen space is small enough as it is
At the moment I line the bottom of the internal compost bin with kitchen towel so a bit of paper is going in
I am seriously tempted to break up a few cardboard boxes that won't fit into the recycle bin and chucking those in too. Good idea or bad?
Thanks for all the replies, I really appreciate it!