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I have 6 plastic compost bins with lids would it be better to uncover them and let the elements do the work


  • If the contents are moist then keep covered. Winter rain (if we get any) will make them a soggy mess take out the heat and leach the nutrients.

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  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 4,211

    Keep covered.

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  • SkandiSkandi Posts: 1,723

    Cover them, my uncovered heaps turned into a nasty anerobic mess, now they have covers it's all doing much better, although my chickens now think I made them one huge nest box, sigh.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,821

    Bit different for me, living in SW France. Not enough rain to make them a soggy mess, I water them in summer and I don't cover them. In fact they are just old plastic dustbins with holes in the bottom, takes time, but I always get compost in the end.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
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  • Hi, 

    Have you turned the compost ie: removed it from the bins and replaced back in to the his bins. I do this 2 to 3 times a year depending on how decomposed the material is. That when I water my compost If it's required. I would never leave the lids off, particularly this time of the year. Keep what heat you have in the bins 

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,821

    Hello Hollyhock, haven't seen you for ages.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
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