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Compost bin....again


I'd like advice on a suitable compost bin for my small garden. It's 10m x 10m and elevated about a foot from the patio. I've read a lot (not all I'm afraid) of the threads about the compost bins in this forum but have not found what I am looking for. Because my garden is small and elevated, I am reluctant to go for an unsightly plastic bin (daleks, as frequently referred to in the forum). Also I have no tree or shrubs to hide a bin. From what I've read in the forum, it seems the wooden beehive bins are not as efficient as daleks. Does anyone have a beehive bin or have used it and can tell me if it'd work in a shady corner of my garden?


  • LynLyn Posts: 23,083

    Like this?

    its very nice, wood is warmer than plastic, so compost will start to work quicker, I would suggest having 2 though, you need to fill one, then leave it and start another, then when the first one has finished, you can bag it up and swap over to start again.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Hi Lyn, thank you for quick response. Just one more question - do I need to paint inside of the wooden bin before I start using it? I'm a bit worried the wood may rot (together with the kitchen waste I'm going to put) over the years?

  • LynLyn Posts: 23,083

    I havent painted mine, I havent got the beehive though, just bought the planks and fixed them together, but I suppose you could use some wood preserver, not creosote.

    They are usually tanalized.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • BiljeBilje Posts: 771
    Mine aren't beehives just a close boarded wooden style, home built from fence boards standing on soil. They are over20 years old have never had any treatment and are just starting to rot at the bottom but the whole structure seems to be self supporting.
  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469


     Hi Sammy, I have one of the beehive ones. It looks really nice, but I haven't had much success with it on the compost front. However, i think this is due to the fact that it doesn't get much sun in the position it's in, rather than there being anything wrong with the design. I like the ease of the lid on it. I thought about painting it, but once you start that it'd probably need doing every year or so to keep it looking nice. No regrets with it.

  • Hi Lyn, Bilje, thanks for your response. Tootles, thanks for the photo. I will give a beehive bin a try.

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