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6/30/15 4:00 P

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I have had a compost bin for many years and there are a lot of different species of bugs that are in it but I have not ever seen any ants in my compost bin. We certainly have a lot of little red wigglers. They must be very hearty because they survived the tough winter we had just gone through.

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5/18/15 10:58 A

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I bought a vermicomposter several years ago but ants kept getting in it. Is there a way to prevent this?


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4/21/15 9:54 P

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Thanks for the info, Sharjopaul. I haven't tried rocking the pitchfork. I've been trying to just pick stuff up with it (hard on the back!). I'll give that a try!

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4/21/15 4:26 P

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Apparently, the tumbler/rotating composters are best kept in a full-sun position.



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4/21/15 1:47 P

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I tried the wing kind like you described it does not work well. to aerate your existing pile you cn stab a pitchfork down into what is in the pile and rock it back and forth. Be sure your pile is getting plenty of nitrogen (green stuff) it is what really heats it up. Once you get the first bin fairly well filled, you can turn it into the 2nd bin with the pitchfork, you can just pick up as much each time as you are comfortable lifting until you get it all moved. Then you can start filling the 1st bin again.. When the 2nd bin is mostly composted shift it to the 3rd bin and turn the 1st bin into the 2nd.

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4/21/15 12:08 P

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Thanks for the reply. I do have the old 3-bin system, that I just built at the end of last year, so I'm still working on the first pile. I'm like you -- not enough to keep it cooking as fast as I'd like. My neighbor did give me a load of straw with chicken manure, so that helps, but I'm still learning. I have a lot of trouble turning it with the pitchfork, which is why I'm interested in one of the things that helps you turn it. It's kind of like a long screw with a handle that you turn to make it feed itself in and out. The best price I've found is $42 though, but it seems like it would be easier to use than one with wings that fold in and out. I guess I posted this on the wrong forum -- sorry about that. I'm still learning.

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4/20/15 6:17 P

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I have an expensive crank one. It is over 20 years old and still does the job - that it does. Some rust and a buldging door.

It gets all my summer garbage and some garden scraps. I add to it daily, turn it daily, but it does't have time to compost because I keep adding fresh stuff to it - daily. Ideally I should have two, one for fresh and one to let cook...

At the end of the summer it is pretty full and I turn it over to drop the collection on the ground beneath it and during the winter that pile composts enough to use in the garden the next summer. We leave so it is not turned once it hits the ground, but it is pretty well mixed up before that. It is really just mixed up garbage - no odor tho. It does not draw animals.

I would prefer the old 3 section, and pitchfork, but I don't have the room and enough scraps from the two of us to keep it cookin'. The crank bin is ok for me so I use up my scraps efficiently just not composted as I'd like.

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4/20/15 12:21 A

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I think its preferable to use foam(or other) boxes or a compost bin and use as a worm-farm.
As part of their endeavors they break down and distribute nutrients.



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4/19/15 11:02 P

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I have looked at them but they seem flimsy to use and have heard that they break apart fast and being in Florida the sun would cause the plastic to disintegrate real fast

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4/19/15 9:11 P

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I have one of the crank type. It is easier to turn, but not really very effective where I live. It's pretty cool here most of the time and I think heat would help. Mine was free from a neighbor who didn't want it any more. I've had it a couple years and haven't gotten a finished batch of compost yet. All the metal parts are rusting badly. I don't expect it to last much longer. I'm real glad I didn't spend money on it. ~~ Donna

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SUEINPALOMINO's Photo SUEINPALOMINO Posts: 28
4/19/15 8:53 P

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Thanks for your input. That's what I'm using now, but I'm not having much luck with it. I guess I'm just not strong enough. That's why I was thinking one of these crank things would be easier to use.

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4/19/15 6:09 P

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I have not tried the compost crank but I have tried a couple of other and talking with friends, I have come to the conclusion that the best compost turner is still a pitchfork.l

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4/19/15 4:41 P

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Hi all,
I'm thinking of investing in one of the gizmos that help you turn and aerate your compost pile, and I wondered if any of you had some you've used & would recommend. I like the Compost Crank® Compost Aerator, but it's a might pricey (although it does have a lifetime warranty). Any suggestions?

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