435 litre wooden Rowlinson Budget Composter for £31.98 delivered @ JTF
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435 litre wooden Rowlinson Budget Composter for £31.98 delivered @ JTF

£31.98£4224%JTF Deals
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Posted 21st May
Nice price for a wooden composter which just slots together. £23.99 plus £7.99 postage (it weighs 18 kg) for this Rowlinson Budget Composter from JTF.

You can put uncooked veg, eggshells, coffee grinds, garden waste, and so on, to make a lovely mulch for your flower beds. Natural.

"The Rowlinson Budget Composter features a very simple design with quick and easy assembly. Perfect for grass and garden waste and ideal for gardens with little spare space. Pressure treated to protect against rot with a maximum capacity of 439L."

Details
  • Quick and easy to assembly
  • Pressure treated against rot
  • Natural timber finish
  • Approx capacity 439 Litre
  • Dimensions: 60cm (H) x 100cm (W) x 100cm (L)


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4 pallets would do the same job
Wouldn't a plastic one that keeps heat in, keeps vermin out and keeps smells in, and usually available from your local council for around £20-£25 be better?
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£31 or £131
How much?
£100 delivery charge maybe. Must be being delivered by London transport?
Edited by: "urbanbushwacker" 21st May
"... ideal for gardens with little spare space" - how do they work that one out?! Haha.


Really good price though. Not sure how you're meant to get to the bottom of it with these things? Guess you leave it until it totally full and ready?
Wouldn't a plastic one that keeps heat in, keeps vermin out and keeps smells in, and usually available from your local council for around £20-£25 be better?
4 pallets would do the same job
arCuThEDOWDr21/05/2020 13:53

Wouldn't a plastic one that keeps heat in, keeps vermin out and keeps …Wouldn't a plastic one that keeps heat in, keeps vermin out and keeps smells in, and usually available from your local council for around £20-£25 be better?


Plastic ones don’t keep vermin out.
pugit66621/05/2020 13:56

Plastic ones don’t keep vermin out.


I mean the ones with a lid (where any of the as-yet-unrotted-food would be at the top).
Edited by: "arCuThEDOWDr" 21st May
arCuThEDOWDr21/05/2020 13:53

Wouldn't a plastic one that keeps heat in, keeps vermin out and keeps …Wouldn't a plastic one that keeps heat in, keeps vermin out and keeps smells in, and usually available from your local council for around £20-£25 be better?


Depends where you live, my council don't have a scheme. Plus, plastic...
psmith195821/05/2020 13:54

4 pallets would do the same job


Well not really, but I get your point.
Looks nicer than plastic but do they end up smelling and fly ridden as a consequence. The rotator ones are supposed to be a lot more efficient but more expensive.
Any owners out there?
I'm wondering if you could line it and use as a raised bed.
Lee_Clark21/05/2020 14:21

I'm wondering if you could line it and use as a raised bed.


You definitely could. Just get some heavy duty garden fabric. I made one out of pallets recently — it was a ballache and this is cheap enough.
Surely it will just rot through?
Lee_Clark21/05/2020 14:21

I'm wondering if you could line it and use as a raised bed.


I’ve done similar in those wooden crates that stone coming, lined it with stapled weed protecting fabric, fillers it with soil, grew carrots last year and got spring onions in their at the moment. You would need a base/few planks of wood on the bottom of here to give that lift.

Quick and reasonably cheap beds from decking old or new and a few screws
prettejohn21/05/2020 14:14

Looks nicer than plastic but do they end up smelling and fly ridden as a …Looks nicer than plastic but do they end up smelling and fly ridden as a consequence. The rotator ones are supposed to be a lot more efficient but more expensive. Any owners out there?



I've done quite a lot of research into home composting. The secret is to get a good balance of greens ( veg, grass clippings etc) and browns ( small sticks, cardboard or paper and any kind of manure). I have a heap made from 4 pallets and it got hot even in winter due to the horse manure. The heat helps to kill off weed seeds. It's also important to introduce oxygen by turning it every week or so, and I suppose that is the advantage of the rotator style composters.
The green plastic council one's are ok, but they are hard to turn leading to an excess of grass clippings in the summer that end up turning into a slimy, stinky mess.
arCuThEDOWDr21/05/2020 14:00

I mean the ones with a lid (where any of the as-yet-unrotted-food would be …I mean the ones with a lid (where any of the as-yet-unrotted-food would be at the top).


Doesn’t matter lid, no lid, off the floor tumbling type , if you have mice and rats, they will be in. Rats chew through steel so a bit of plastic is nothing to them when there’s juicy rotting veg on offer.
pugit66621/05/2020 16:10

Doesn’t matter lid, no lid, off the floor tumbling type , if you have mice …Doesn’t matter lid, no lid, off the floor tumbling type , if you have mice and rats, they will be in. Rats chew through steel so a bit of plastic is nothing to them when there’s juicy rotting veg on offer.


No real way of stopping them other than cats and small terrier dogs that haven't been mollycoddled into obesity.
I drilled lots of small holes in the top and bottom of my green wheelie bin. With the temperature inside, this is an extremely efficient composer. I fill it every other week with grass cuttings and hedge trimmings. It was last emptied in September 2019, its about 2/3 full at the moment.
Akira_Cat21/05/2020 16:36

No real way of stopping them other than cats and small terrier dogs that …No real way of stopping them other than cats and small terrier dogs that haven't been mollycoddled into obesity.


My .22 stops them . You are right though, if there’s vermin about, they’ll be in your compost no matter how you store it.
pugit66621/05/2020 16:10

Doesn’t matter lid, no lid, off the floor tumbling type , if you have mice …Doesn’t matter lid, no lid, off the floor tumbling type , if you have mice and rats, they will be in. Rats chew through steel so a bit of plastic is nothing to them when there’s juicy rotting veg on offer.


But we agree no lid at all (like this deal) is worse?
Could this be used as a vegetable bed instead?
I had one of these.Very poor quality. Didn't fit together properly & many of the joints were broken.
arCuThEDOWDr21/05/2020 18:12

But we agree no lid at all (like this deal) is worse?


Yeah I guess so, it makes it a little harder for them to get in. Also sitting your plastic one on concrete slabs will make it a little harder. They just tunnel under if there’s no hard standing. Sneaky buggers haha.
I have a plastic 330ltr one that I now use as a worm composter not the ideal shape for harvesting but works, started putting more cardboard and shredded amazon packing paper to get a better balance to the kitchen waste and the worms are loving it.

When it gets to the top I dig out from the bottom till the top drops down then carry on filling from the top.
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