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Of Neighbours, Backyards, Dreams and Compost: Part 1

Our backyard is about 6m by 6m. So only about 18″ by 18″. Out there at the moment we have:
an extended chicken run,
a wood store,
a quail run,
some pot plants,
a mini green house,
a solar fountain,
two waterbutts,
bird boxes,
numerous climbing plants,
a cold frame, (sometimes two)
and a wormery.
We have a table and chairs and an umbrella for sitting outside,
access to the garden shed, garage and garden door.
It also has the kitchen door and double doors to the living room leading into it.
Part of it is sheltered by a balcony too.

I’ve been thinking for ages about compost.

We do compost at the allotment but at the house it’s very challenging.

Compost bins need to be big. By their very nature these green daleks should contain 120litres so that enough heat can be generated to boost the decomposition.

On Tuesday I spent time looking again for a smaller one online. I know that we could build one but the opportunity for additional structures in our tiny yard is all used up.

As usual every ‘small compost bin’ search throws up these giant daleks of tiny caddies or buckets meant for making the kitchen waste look nice until it’s deposited elsewhere.

It was fruitless. There’s a pun there.

Next day we met our neighbour. Strangely she had something to show us. Behind her garden, that’s longer than ours, there’s a stretch of ground leasing to some garages.

Next to the garages standing by itself was a dalek.
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So then she says, “It’s empty!”
Apparently it was left by previous owners and shed like to start using it but she’d like help with knowing what to do.

Then it happened.

She said, “We should use it together!”

Did you hear my happy dance?

Coming soon a post about compost!

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21 comments on “Of Neighbours, Backyards, Dreams and Compost: Part 1

  1. Love the Dalek. My first compost bin was an upturned plastic garbage bin with a hole cut in the bottom and then I placed the lid on top, held down by a brick. Oh and my backyard was about the same size as yours as it was a ground floor unit.

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    • lizard100
      August 26, 2014

      Great idea. The actual problem is more about access. Because there are so many doors there are too few corners to put a bin and there’s bicycles coming and going all the time so I want it to be safe and not bashed. We’d want to lift a paving stone for it too. Still we’ve now got a great option and the neighbors will be thinking too.

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  2. lindaswildlifegarden
    August 26, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Awesome news Liz have a blessed day

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  3. Imarunner2012
    August 26, 2014

    You’ve got a lot packed into that space.
    We have a compost bin that is on legs and turns. We compost about 75% of our kitchen waste and all of our non-weed yard waste. I probably get a wheel barrow full of compost each year.
    I just dumped out the Winter-Summer compost in the bin and only got half a wheel barrow full.

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    • lizard100
      August 26, 2014

      That’s fantastic. I like the idea that you can move it around.

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      • silverbells2012
        August 26, 2014

        Yes, on another blog I follow the turning kind was a brill way to make compost!

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  4. Grower
    August 26, 2014

    LOL about the Dalek. Maybe you should fasten a plunger to it. Small spaces absolutely require thought and planning so you must be a design master to get all that in such a small space.

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    • lizard100
      August 26, 2014

      It’s a bit mad in the back yard. But it dies all fit more or less. Still miss the hammock though ; )

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  5. Benjamin
    August 26, 2014

    Happy composting!

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  6. mylatinnotebook
    August 26, 2014

    Wow, you really filled the space! Any room for just relaxing? By the way, I envy your tidy compost bin. We have two ‘pens’ side by side that are basically open. We do cover them in the winter….

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    • lizard100
      August 26, 2014

      We do have a table, chairs and parasol! : ) I meant to write a post about the yard as a whole thing at some point.

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  7. Rambling Woods
    August 27, 2014

    I need to find a small one too

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  8. Norma Chang
    August 28, 2014

    To be able to fit all that in your small backyard space, you must be a very organized person.
    I think you meant 18′ (18 feet) not 18″ (18 inches).

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    • lizard100
      August 28, 2014

      That’s true. Sorry don’t really work with imperial. Too old fashioned.

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  9. Ellen Hawley
    August 29, 2014

    We have a dalek compost bin and it’s slooooow. Short of climbing inside it, the only way I can turn the compost is to dump it all out and then shovel it back in. I don’t mind doing that if everything’s fairly well broken down, but in the early stages? Yuck. And it stays in the early stages for a long time. I’ve been drooling over the ones that are raised off the ground so you can spin them. Does anyone have any experience with them? Are they as good as they seem like they should be?

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    • Imarunner2012
      August 29, 2014

      I have one that turns. It’s smaller than a 55 gallon barrel but works pretty good. You can’t get as much into it as you would a big pile on the ground.
      Every time I put new material into it I give it a turn or two to mix things up.
      To get the compost out I have to take off the little hatch and roll the drum so that every things dumps out on the ground.

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      • lizard100
        August 29, 2014

        That sounds very handy too. Any way to make your own nourishment for planting is useful.

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      • Imarunner2012
        August 29, 2014

        It’s amazing how 6+ months of kitchen waste and some yard waste turns into half a wheel barrow of compost. Maybe I’ll do a post over the weekend and show what I ended up with.

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      • lizard100
        August 29, 2014

        Definitely. I think it would be very useful judging by the comments and questions here. Please do : )

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    • lizard100
      August 29, 2014

      There’s a few comments from people with spinners. They sound really handy.

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