Mine are all from The Recycle Works and I got the first 3 bins as part of a discount offer from my local council, back before I was even a Master Composter or anything - I think in 2003... certainly it was well before Compostgirl started pre school in 2004
Some of the centre posts have broken up
And generally they need a bit of tender loving care and some new parts to restore them to splendidness.
Now, the good thing about these compost bins is that you only have to replace the damaged bits! You can buy the individual posts and planks from The Recycle Works so it is very economical to repair them
Fortunately I had a cunning plan...I had a waiting raised bed which needed a lot of compost putting in it, to fill it up, ready for planting potatoes in the next month or so.
And some of the boards had rotted through or lost their end plates.
and the chicken sort! The chickens were going mad to get to the worms we were exposing.
We got the bins dismantled and the area cleared, ready to sort out those planks and posts which could be re used and those which were too far gone and would need to be burnt.
The wood is not treated, apart from a paint on water based, animal, insect and bird friendly stain, so I think to survive being buried deep in compost for around 10 years before finally rotting a bit is impressive indeed.
Today was cold but gloriously sunny and we really enjoyed being able to get outside and do something
More tomorrow as we put the new planks and centres together and re fill the bins - fingers crossed the weather holds out.
The Recycle Works have two special offers on this weekend -