Slot and Slide Compost Bins
Buy 3 Bay Starter System (Includes Lids) GCO-040 & SAVE £25!
Our Wooden Compost Bins made from high pressure treated Scandinavian softwood, exclusively designed and manufactured by us with planks that slot in and slide out of aluminium post fixings and its all backed up by a 4 year structural guarantee...More information
Buy 3 Medium Bin Starter System (Includes Lids) GCO-040 & Save £25!
Our Wooden Compost Bins made from high pressure treated Scandinavian softwood, exclusively designed and manufactured by us with 15mm thick planks that slot in and slide out of aluminium post fixings and its all backed up by a 4 year structural guarantee and encompass all that's good about composting and make producing your own invaluable home made garden compost as easy as possible.
Any compost bin worth its salt features a generous capacity, easy access and airflow and a lid and the slot together version delivers all this and more; after initial construction, each wooden panel slides out the channelled corner posts and with the simple starter and additional bin options available in two sizes, you can create a bin configuration to take all the compostable material your home and garden can produce! The 3 medium bin starter system is supplied complete with lids.
Each slot and slide compost bin stands 78cm high; the medium starter bin measures 93cm square and has a 564 litre capacity, whilst the large starter (1.33m square) will hold 1219 litres; a 4 year structural guarantee, thanks to the high pressure treated Scandinavian softwood sourced from sustainably managed forests, gives you complete composting peace of mind and the optional lid helps retain heat, moisture and deter pests.
NB. Image shows 3 bin starter system GCO-040
- Slot and SlideCompost Bins available in two sizes
- Self assembly required
- An electric screwdriver is essential to aid assembly
- Planks require attachment of simple end plates and posts require attachment of aluminium guides
- Complete and comprehensive instructions supplied
- Medium bin measures 93cm square
- 3 Medium Bin Starter System includes lids
- Large is 1.33m square
- Both sizes of bin stand 78cm H
- Planks measure 15mm thick
- Starter bins used as single stand-alone bins
- 3-sided additional bins link to starter bin to make multi-bay systems for sequential composting
- Add an extra bin for separate leaf mould
- Optional lids also available
- Medium bins have a 564 litre capacity
- Large hold 1219 litres each
- Manufactured from Scandinavian softwood sourced from sustainably managed forests
- Timber is high pressure treated using safe preserve
- Panels simply slot into channels in corner posts
- Posts reinforced with aluminium side profiles
- Just slide out panels for access and heap maintenance
- Slatted sides allow some air flow
- Lids fit inside frame for a flush finish
- Instructions contain detailed information for making compost
Once assembled these bins have a pleasant appearance,ideally suited to a home garden. The design of the posts means you can easily extend the system with additional bins on any of the exposed sides and the slatted sides make it easy to get access to your compost from the side as well as the top of the bins. The wooden corner posts are well made and come with metal plates that are attached on each long edge to create grooves down the sides of the post. A small metal plate is attached to each end of each side plank and this then slots into the grooves on the posts. Now the bad news: each corner post needs 6 or 8 metal plates attached down its sides (depending on whether it is on an extrenal corner or not). Each of these plates has 10 screw holes. Each post has to be pre-drilled for each of the screws (60 - 80 holes per post x 8 posts = 560 holes followed by 560 screws). There are 40 side planks each needing a metal plate screwed to each end with two screws per plate. These do not need pre-drilling, thank goodness, but that's still another 160 screws. With an electric screwdriver there is several hours work to pre-drill and screw all the plates to the posts and planks. I wouldn't attempt it without. The end result looks good and is pretty solid. It's a real shame that some of the assembly cannot be done by the supplier rather than the Customer.
Decided to buy 2 large bins with lids rather than 3 standard size bins as 2 large gave 50% more volume than 3 standard for the same price. Delivery left in drive in full view of passers by, despite request to put round back. Quality of wood slats best described as variable, but corner posts sturdy. Easy to assemble if you drill pilot holes in slats (instructions state not necessary). Overall, better than a similar design bins that these are replacing.
Harrod had problems completing my order for 3 large bins, the stirrer arriving first, then the additional bins, before the main bin 5 days after promised. However, the unit is well designed but tedious to assemble, pre-drilling holes would have helped enormously. Some of the timber slats were also poor quality and are warping and becoming stuck in the runners, and there were screws missing, but replaced promptly. Good product, but could be better!
What can go in to a conventional bin and how does it all work?
Success depends on heat, biology and a good balance of ingredients, added in approximately 10cm. layers. ‘Green’ waste (grass, border and hedge trimmings, snipped or shredded woody prunings) heats up steamily, starts to break down rapidly and can be stirred into layers below to speed everything up. ‘Brown’ waste (e.g. shredded paper, packaging and straw) should be added at regular intervals to counteract the wetness of the greenery and will rot down too. Manure from herbivores (chickens, pet rabbits) adds zest to the whole mixture, as does the odd spadeful
Autumn leaves are best composted on their own in hessian bags or cages, since they rot down more slowly and in a different way.
What shouldn’t go in?
Moss (which refuses to rot and can therefore be unwittingly spread around)
Seeding weeds or garden thugs (i.e. Verbascums, Fennel) Roots of perennial weeds such as ground elder and bindweed – unless they are thoroughly dried off in the sun first. Cat and dog (i.e. carnivore) manure. Meat or cheese kitchen scraps or vegetable waste that has been contaminated by them.
Too dry? Water the heap and/or add more greenery and cover it tightly to keep the heat in.
Smelly? Add more ‘brown’ ingredients, but no grass clippings or kitchen waste for a while. Stir the contents to open it up. Leave the lid off.
Rats? This is a tricky one - they may try to move in if there is a regular source of food nearby (i.e. a bird table or poultry house).
Slugs and snails? No problem. They are doing their bit for the composting process, and at least it keeps them away from your lettuces and hostas.
Our Horticulturist says; "Home composting is a must for any serious gardener. Well rotted compost adds essential organic matter to soil along with humus and greatly improves structure and the soil's ability to hold onto water and nutrients.
What's more, home composting is free, can be easy and greatly helps the environment as less compostable material makes it to landfill sites where it produces harmful methane gas - and you cut down on trips to the garden centre to buy compost too. It's a win/win situation!
It's also surprising how much compostable material your garden and kitchen produces; of course there's the usual, stems, deadheaded flowers, leaves and spent plants from the veg patch or border but don't forget kitchen peelings, cardboard and newspaper from inside the house. Filling a bin or building a heap is never a problem!"