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Old 13-04-2003, 01:08 AM
Adrian Jones
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I've been given a plastic compost bin. Does it have to be placed in sun?
The area I want to put it is in dense shade - against a north wall with no
sun whatsoever.

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Old 13-04-2003, 09:32 AM
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I've been given a plastic compost bin. Does it have to be placed in sun?
The area I want to put it is in dense shade - against a north wall with no
sun whatsoever.


The compost will still rot down in the shade. It just rots faster if it is warmer.
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Old 13-04-2003, 10:08 AM
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I was going to say that!

The Devil's Advocate I only set the stage, you pull your own strings


Drakanthus wrote:
:: I've been given a plastic compost bin. Does it have to be placed in
:: sun?
:: The area I want to put it is in dense shade - against a north wall
:: with no
:: sun whatsoever.
::
:
: The compost will still rot down in the shade. It just rots faster if
: it is warmer.


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Old 13-04-2003, 11:08 AM
gastropod
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Ah, but also may dry out if in too much direct sunlight! (you can keep it
watered though. Also put the bin on the garden's soil so the worms can get
in.
Neil


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Drakanthus wrote:
:: I've been given a plastic compost bin. Does it have to be placed in
:: sun?
:: The area I want to put it is in dense shade - against a north wall
:: with no
:: sun whatsoever.
::
:
: The compost will still rot down in the shade. It just rots faster if
: it is warmer.




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Old 13-04-2003, 12:08 PM
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In article ,
Adrian Jones wrote:
I've been given a plastic compost bin. Does it have to be placed in sun?
The area I want to put it is in dense shade - against a north wall with no
sun whatsoever.


That is absolutely fine. It may not compost very fast in cold weather
in the winter but, frankly, UK winter sun is so anaemic that it makes
little difference. Open heaps are BETTER located in such positions,
because they dry out less.


Regards,
Nick Maclaren.
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Old 13-04-2003, 12:08 PM
David Townsend
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Ah, but also may dry out if in too much direct sunlight! (you can keep it
watered though. Also put the bin on the garden's soil so the worms can get
in.
Neil


I keep my compost watered and fed! Urine makes and excellent compost activator and
its free - I'm not taking the **** either (or am I)! Why buy compost activators
like "Garotta" when there is a free ample supply. Provided air can get to the
compost it doesn't smell either. The urea in pee gives micro-organisms plenty of
nitrogen to help them establish and gets the decomposition process off to a flying
start.
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Old 13-04-2003, 12:44 PM
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Dont forget a few buckets of Urine and that if you site it on soil you may
find Rats get in underneath


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In article ,
Adrian Jones wrote:
I've been given a plastic compost bin. Does it have to be placed in sun?
The area I want to put it is in dense shade - against a north wall with

no
sun whatsoever.


That is absolutely fine. It may not compost very fast in cold weather
in the winter but, frankly, UK winter sun is so anaemic that it makes
little difference. Open heaps are BETTER located in such positions,
because they dry out less.


Regards,
Nick Maclaren.



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Old 13-04-2003, 07:20 PM
Sarah Dale
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On Sat, 12 Apr 2003 23:58:13 +0100, Adrian Jones wrote:

I've been given a plastic compost bin. Does it have to be placed in sun?
The area I want to put it is in dense shade - against a north wall with no
sun whatsoever.


That's fine - the best place for compost bins is where plants would do
badly! My compost heaps are alongside a north facing fence, in the east
corner - so they are in the maximum shade position, leaving all the
sunnier bits for my veg.

Sarah
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Old 13-04-2003, 07:33 PM
Rodger Whitlock
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On Sat, 12 Apr 2003 23:58:13 +0100, Adrian Jones wrote:

I've been given a plastic compost bin. Does it have to be placed in sun?
The area I want to put it is in dense shade - against a north wall with no
sun whatsoever.


Site your compost bin for function, not looks. Keep in mind the
old saw "out of sight, out of mind." Put it somewhere that is
very convenient for you, perhaps quite close to the principal
door of the house. Put it on or adjacent to a paved area if
possible: that will come in handy when you are screening compost
before putting it onto the garden.

If you try to hide your bin. letting esthetics rule, you will
find yourself not putting garden wastes into it, not watering it,
not turning it. What, then, is the point?

Though compost bins are not things of beauty, they are honest
functional appurtenances, and you should have no shame about
putting yours out in full view, if that's the most functional
location.

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Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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Old 14-04-2003, 10:20 AM
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In article , Rodger Whitlock
writes

If you try to hide your bin. letting esthetics rule, you will
find yourself not putting garden wastes into it, not watering it,
not turning it.


I have to disagree with you there.
Ours is as far from the house as we can make it and it is screened by
shrubs and trees. We have a two tier system. In the garage we have a
large bucket. Into this we put all our household vegetable waste. When
it fills up we take it up to the compost heap. The system works very
well. Besides the spousal unit wants some privacy when he activates it
))

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