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What do you compost?
Fri 27-May-11
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Toffeeapple
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Put me out of my misery right now!  What is a green johanna?

I'll try that again!

Fri 27-May-11
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Its a bit like a 'dalek' composter but has thermal insulated walls which gets the temperature right up and kills all the microbes etc that you dont want. It is sealed so it doesnt attract rats.

 

Have you come across a Bokashi bin? It is similar I suppose in that it composts kitchen waste (including meat and fish) but without the fuss and added expense of the Bokashi bran. And it's much larger too.

Fri 27-May-11
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Now I understand, thank you for that. 

I'll try that again!

Sat 28-May-11
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Thanks for the tip about Green Johannas, Ruth. Never heard of them before. What a great idea if you can compost cooked food waste also instead of sending it to landfill as we do.

I found a good article in the Guardian about Green Johannas

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Our local Council collect food waste (not that we have much of it) and take it along with the recycling......quite what they do with it, I'm not sure (maybe animal feed? ponder Perhaps I should ask them).

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If your council is anything like ours Sue, they will use an anaerobic digester that turns everything into compost. 

I'll try that again!

Sun 29-May-11
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Its a bit like a 'dalek' composteRuthG said:

Its a bit like a 'dalek' composter but has thermal insulated walls which gets the temperature right up and kills all the microbes etc that you dont want. It is sealed so it doesnt attract rats.

 

I assume it has small holes in it? Can you tell me how big? At one time I used a plastic bin from Wilkos by drilling some holes in it.

 I was thinking some time in the far distant future of making my own composter out of wood (breaking up pallets) I could make it double walled and use insulation the solid stuff It is normally pink and about 2" thick and waterproof. Not sure what to use for a base¦¦¦.must be rat proof though.

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 Anyone used either of these 2 aeraters? http://www.greatgreensystems.com/product-view.asp?prid=125 or  http://www.greatgreensystems.com/product-view.asp?prid=30

I was wondering about the quality of the wooden one as I am quite good at breaking things.

Also would like to know if they work well or an alterantive I could use which cost around my favourite price...nowt. Thanks JB

Sun 29-May-11
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Danny said:

JB " keep us posted about your squatters!

We have come to an agreement they can use that composter I can use the others, although it appears some have not read "daily orders" and I haven™t yet mentioned rental fees 

Sun 29-May-11
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Noncitydweller said:

Its a bit like a 'dalek' composteRuthG said:

Its a bit like a 'dalek' composter but has thermal insulated walls which gets the temperature right up and kills all the microbes etc that you dont want. It is sealed so it doesnt attract rats.

 

I assume it has small holes in it? Can you tell me how big? At one time I used a plastic bin from Wilkos by drilling some holes in it.

 I was thinking some time in the far distant future of making my own composter out of wood (breaking up pallets) I could make it double walled and use insulation the solid stuff It is normally pink and about 2" thick and waterproof. Not sure what to use for a base¦¦¦.must be rat proof though.

 

http://www.originalorganics.co.uk/green-johanna-ho.....4QodHD7FjA

Green Johanna Hot Composter

The Green Johanna was developed in Sweden to provide a simple, easy to use compost system to safely compost all degradable kitchen waste all year round!

The well thought out, patented design of Green Johanna means you do not have to know much about composting - with Green Johanna everyone can compost now!

Green Johanna can compost two parts food waste to one part garden waste. All food waste including meat, fish and bones can be put in Green Johanna.

 

How much waste can it take?
It is designed for a household with up to five people together with the compostable waste produced from an average garden. However since this is extremely variable, if you believe you are filling it too quickly it would be recommended to have a second Green Johanna. Remember a garden produces less waste in winter. Some of the material in summer can be kept to layer in with food waste during winter.

What are the dimensions of the Green Johanna?
It is 90cm (36 inches) across at the base, the lid is 52cm (21 inches) wide and its overall height is 95cm (38 inches). It weighs 10 kilos.

Why are there holes in the base?
This allows naturally occurring insects and worms to gain access to aid the breakdown process. It also lets excess moisture out into the ground

 

Suggest you go to the link and read the stuff on the site about it; I have been choosey about what I copied.

Sun 29-May-11
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Its worth checking to see if your local council supplies the green johanna. I got mine cheap that way and they are far better than the standard black daleks, especially with regard to keeping rodents out.

I still prefer to compost kitchen waste in the wormery because I make good use of the liquid feed. The wormery compost I use as a top dressing or add to recycled compost.

I'm lucky enough to have a supply of free used compost from the chap who supplies hanging baskets to a local town and businesses. At the end of the year he dumps the lot in a heap to rot down. Ask around in your area if you need some potting compost.

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Our council has never heard of them. The best price i have found is in West Sussex; I'm fortunate in that I have relatives there, so have asked them if they can take delivery.

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wave Sadly my council is not on the scheme but I do know some people who work for their environmental department so I am going to ask them to put this scheme forward to the people in charge. After all they are about to start a waste-food special collection & this bin (for many of us with the room & time) would be a better way to deal with that kind of waste.

 

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Tue 2-Aug-11
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A colleague in work has recently decided to provide kitchen compost bins for the department kitchen/common room to collect any teabags or coffee grounds. She has ordered one of those black dalek bins for home but it hasn't turned up yet so she's let me take what's been collected so far.

It's a little bit worrying driving home with a bucket of sloppy smelly coffee grounds wedged behind the seat but I managed to get home tonight without it spilling everywhere.

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excellent, what a good idea Mike..have to say, since we got our new bean to cup machine, there is no shortage of coffee grounds for the compost, but also far less tea bags

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