Home and Garden Innovations CMP02 Pyramid Composter
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- Made with heat-absorbing dark colored recycled plastic
- Waters itself when it rains
- A favorite gift for gardeners
- Easy assembly in just minutes
- Holds 12 cubic feet
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The exclusive peaked lid on the Pyramid Composter lets in just enough rain to keep the compost moist and allows the rest to run off. Side vents provide good air circulation. Large front door gives easy access to finished compost. Generous 12 cu ft capacity. Made with rugged 3/16" thick recycled polyethylene with zinc-plated hardware.
This unique composter waters itself. An exclusive peaked lid lets in just enough rain to keep contents moist, allowing the rest to run off so compost wont get waterlogged. Heat-absorbing, 3/16-inch-thick, recycled polyethylene helps compost "cook". Side vents allow air circulation, while a large front door provides easy access. Zinc hardware adds a durable finishing touch. This composter assembles in minutes, and holds 12 cubic feet of compost at a time. It makes a great gift for your favorite eco warrior or green thumb. --Mary Park
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This bin is really big and holds all my kitchen scraps and manure from three hens plus miscellaneous other additions (fireplace ash, spent plants, remains from my deck flower planters, etc.)all through the year. I turn the stuff the best I can (it's a challenge to dig around in there) and only when I happen to think of it, which is not often. By the next spring, the bottom 12-15" is the most lovely rich black compost you can imagine. It's enough to fill a big manure bucket which I then transport to my small garden and dump. It's the only fertilizer I use. The yield from the garden can attest to the quality.
When the weather is very dry I may add some water, but mostly the rain is captured by the depression in the lid and drains down in there. In three years I've had no problem with critters burrowing up into the bin even without the optional bottom, but I don't put anything protein based in there. I have the unit in a fence corner of my barnyard far enough from the house that I'm not troubled by the appearance, but not too far to carry my collection bucket of scraps as needed. I don't add any additives or enzymes. The compost mostly just makes itself over the course of the year with almost no attention from me. All that turning and rolling and fussing required by some units seemed like it would get old pretty fast even if I was eager to do it at first. This big unit thrives on neglect and does the job. Recommended for the gardener who doesn't want to devote much of any time to creating compost but wants the organic benefits in the garden.
If there are any drawbacks, they are: 1) the bottom of each side bulges out a bit from the pressure of the material compacted down there. I turn the material, but it's hard to get down there sometimes. 2) I have the optional rodent screen (a heavy gauge mesh screen placed at the bottom before filling), but I still have mice getting in and eating things. Pretty frustrating. 3) The sliding door at the bottom works, but compost/debris gets caught in the tracks as you close it, making it a bit of a game getting it completely closed.
All these aside, I still like the unit, and think it is worth the price -- it actually does compost pretty well and keeps the right amount of moisture in there for activity.
Lately, it's been very windy here in St Louis and the lid seems to be heavy enough to not blow off. The rain water flows into the compost quite well. The door on the front is embossed with the Gardener.com logo and slides up/down very easily.
I only have dead leaves/hosta/peony/iris stuff in it at the moment so it really hasn't produced anything yet. But then it's only been a week or so. Am anxiously awaiting anything that can help this pathetic clay soil we have.
5 stars for ease of assembly, 5 stars for sturdy construction, and 4 stars for product (since I don't have anything yet).