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Thanks to http://www.dailydump.org/ and their presentations

In our society most of the people are unconvinced about composting. Why would anyone want a big pile of rotting food in their yard or home? But composting is good for everybody.
 
Here in this instructable we will see about the myths and pros of composting.
 
What people have to say about composting?
1. They are smelly.
2. They look bad when done at home
3. But I don’t have a garden
4. it’s not my job (I pay taxes)
5. I do not have the time
6. I have tried. It didn’t work
7. I live in an apartment
 
What composters have to say about composting?
1. Waste Reduction
Fewer compostable in the landfills mean less landfill mass. Reducing the amount of stuff in our landfills directly affects all of us. When they try and build new landfills, they may try and build it in your backyard. Which is worse? A bucket of compost or a nearby landfill filled with rats?
 
2. Free Fertilizer
Why buy something you can make for free?
 
3. Better Soil
Are you trying to keep up with your neighbors and their extravagant lawn? How much money do you think your neighbor pay to have such lush grass? You can have superior soil without paying a dime by composting.
 
4. A Superior Garden
Composting creates a healthier garden with better soil, and you'll be using a superior fertilizer. In the end, you'll be able to grow more and better crops for less money. If you're going to garden, why not do it right?
 
Here is the most eco friendly and long term solution to get better compost without the hassles.
 
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Step 1:

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Composting with earthen (terracotta) pots
Ingredients required:
1. 3 Terracotta pots at least 1 feet height and size such that they can stand one over the other without getting inside.
2. Terracotta plate (to cover the composter)
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Its a very nice idea but its not clear what kind of composter you are using. Is the composter worms?

artworker (author)  maria.c.lecompte27 days ago

No! Worms can be added for acceleration of the composting procedure. This composter just needs warmth and humidity (not wet) to start. The composting procedure starts by itself. Adding handful of compost from the last batch also helps accelerating the composting process.

mayurh2 months ago

thanks for sharing. but 'daily dump' also provides compost accelerator. did u use one?

artworker (author)  mayurh2 months ago

Noo! I prefer not using any chemicals (i don't know if accelerator has any chemicals)! After the second batch the composting process speeds up pretty fast. I just sprinkle a handful of the final compost from the previous batch. In the autumn and spring I also add some earthworms. They are extremely hungry at that time.

mayurh artworker2 months ago
thanks for reply. Well, I already bought one post from daily dump clone based in mumbai. It came along with an accelerator that has to be put on top of the waste. So far so good.

My question is, didn't it smell rotten whenever you open d lid, because it does in my case even if I sprinkled compost accelerator.
artworker (author)  mayurh1 month ago

Please read the instructions on the accelerator. I don't know how it works. Also check the water. Just a little sprinkle goes a long way.

mayurh2 months ago

thanks. but daily dump also provides compost acceleartor. did u add one?

Fikjast Scott10 months ago

Functional and looks great. Impressive

abunda1 year ago
Hello? Did you tried it? Does it work well?
artworker (author)  abunda1 year ago
You bet it works well! I have created tons of compost from my kitchen! Try it! It does not smell at all!
anuaneesh1 year ago
we are living in an appartment , and we have a small balcony (near to our bedroom) , where we will keep this compost bin?
artworker (author)  anuaneesh1 year ago
I too have a small balcony. I currently am using a single bin composter (just one teracotta pot. I keep it covered with a newspaper with a plastic plate over it. I have surrounded the composter with 4-5 plants (moneyplant, and flowering creepers). It does not smell and no flies!
drichard584 years ago
From the pictures it looks like you have put some sort of cording or other material in the holes at the bottoms of the pots. Is this to hold the pots together? Did I miss that in the instructable? Great idea! I have tons of terracotta pots and never enough compost.
artworker (author)  drichard584 years ago
The images are taken from http://www.dailydump.org/ The pots that the Dailydump guys have are totally open from the bottom. They use nylon chord mesh (like in a tennis racquet) to hold on to the raw materials. I thought why not drill holes instead into fresh pots. This way we can save on the nylon chords (non biodegradable). I will show my own images once my composter is stebilized. My composter is presently in the first cycle only.
How has the composter worked out for you...?
1Maribelle1 year ago
Many thanks. Am now living in an 2nd story apartment so no garden this time and no balcony. Also my city does not offer green bin pick Up at my address - this is Toronto's free food waste pick Up - and after years of being able to give the city y food waste or composting in the garden I do not feel good throwing my food waste in the garbage.

Thanks again for providing such an elegant solution.
artworker (author)  1Maribelle1 year ago
You are welcome!
Ranie-K1 year ago
Are these your pictures? Is this your text?
artworker (author)  Ranie-K1 year ago
no! and no! I made something very much similar. The credits to the idea goes to http://www.dailydump.org/.
badart2 years ago
What a beautiful and practical idea.
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joen3 years ago
If you can't find terracotta pots you can do the same thing with 5 gallon plastic buckets with lids from the home center. The lids are easy to cut a large hole in and you can cut all the holes you want in the bottoms and sides. And they stack perfectly.

Mine has been doing very well for over a year and the compost worked well in my sister's garden.
Thanks for the idea.
blastedcelt3 years ago
This is a fabulous idea! Beautiful and practical at the same time. Too bad the Daily Dump doesn't sell their products here in North America. I guess it's up to us to make them on our own. I love their website...great sense of humor!
a_abbond4 years ago
brilliant idea! I have been thinking that this type of composter could be done using milkcrates. They stack one on top of each other, have plenty of air holes. Handles to carry them easily. All you need is the paper journal, a lid, and a base plate if it's not directly on the ground! Now the trick would be to make them look nice :) (although black milkcrates would keep the heat which is good for composting) I will make one and post the instructable when I'm done!
Here's my milkcrate version of this composter. It works great so far! http://www.instructables.com/id/Milkcrate-Composter-vertically-stacked/
ubermama4 years ago
What a beautiful system! The management would never know what we were doing. I'm actually not sure if we are allowed to compost but who could complain about a system this lovely looking, especially if there are no smells? Thanks for posting and I do hope to try this. I think I may have to also have another composting system since my family is large and we produce a lot of fruit/veggie waste. I have noticed that most of the other systems take about 2 weeks and this one takes 90 days to get compost, which I wouldn't really mind either.
 pretty! cant wait to try it.
kuchinskas4 years ago
What do you use to drill the holes? I've used 3" wood bits -- and it's not all that easy to drill a clean hole in wood with them. Is there a 3" masonry bit? Do you have to go to a special store to find one?

Do you drill a pilot hole first? How do you keep the bit from skittering around when you're starting the hole?

thanks!
artworker (author)  kuchinskas4 years ago
I did the holes with a screwdriver and mallet, chipping of small parts. The hole should not be regular. Just big enough to drain the leechate (fluid). Wetting the pot and making few guide holes before punching makes it easier. Use a file to finish the holes if you require a good finish.
Wow, that sounds kind of labor-intensive and pot-cracking -- but comfortably low-tech. Thanks for the clarification.
artworker (author)  kuchinskas4 years ago
I don't have much tools. So I improvise.
The pots won't crack. Just make sure you don't blow hard.
tshallow744 years ago
 I'm confused. I do not see how you put the pots you show in step 1 together without falling into each other.  Also where do you get covers for the pots?
Pwag tshallow744 years ago
 I don't want to come off as a jerk, but the reason you are confused is because this is only an idea-giver. Not really an instructable (much better than the NONE I've written mind you) but certianly puts an idea in the head to make one.

Too bad there's no pics of the one artworker made.
artworker (author)  tshallow744 years ago
There are lots of terracotta pots available. Just got to do some R&D with the pots how they balance. The V shaped pots will require additional cover plates for each to hold them in place. Just make sure to drill the plates too. I got the pots and covers from my local gardener.
kaykatz4 years ago
My worms would like to live in a nice high rise like that. 
lemonie4 years ago
Probably not, Hyderabad is almost 350 miles from Pune. 

BTW the dailydump.org site linked from your site, is a pretty neat site.


Don't worry/confuse me like that... You mean dailydump.org linked the daaram site (I hope)

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Now I'm confused...? Dailydump is the parent site, the daaram site is a "clone" (reseller, spinoff, whatever)
It's me reading your comment (to me) and "your site", that's all.

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