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Why is the terracotta pots used?
We are using the terracotta pots to absorb the excess humidity and fluid which is secreted during the composting process.
Why are the Bottom holes?
The bottom holes are used to drip and pass the excess fluid to the collector Pot (Pot C).
What about mosquitoes or flies?
No mosquitoes or flies have appeared in any of my composters. The only insects appearing are fruit flies which live happily inside as long as their food is inside. Fruit flies help speed up the composting.
<p>Can you suggest store/chains that have big and reasonable price terracotta pots that can be used for this type of composting? </p>
<p>In India we get the pots from our street-corner gardening store.</p><p>You can also get them here: </p><p>https://www.walmart.com/ip/Clay-Terra-Cotta-Pot/16795427</p>
<p>Very attractive system. Much nicer than my stacking 5 gallon buckets. It could also be used for vermicomposting as is my bucket system. . </p>
<p>Vermicompost works beautifully and speeds up the compost process like turbo charge!</p>
Awesome Idea. And Pretty<br>Thanks
<p>thanks for sharing. but 'daily dump' also provides compost accelerator. did u use one?</p>
<p>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.</p>
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.<br><br>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.
<p>Mayur please share the address of the place you bought it from. Can you please mail me at nidhihalan@gmail.com. I am very keen to do this. </p>
<p>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. </p>
<p>Thank you very much for the immediate reply. I just soaked it for an hour or so and used a drilling machine . I will try your method (slow drilling) in a couple of days. Thank you !</p>
<p>It looks functional and cheap when compared to dailydump products. But my terracotta pots were broken when drilling holes. If we use plastic containers, leaching of toxins may occur(I don't know much about this but heard/read somewhere). So can you please suggest any tips in making holes for these terracotta pots? All other instructions are very clear.Thank you.</p>
<p>Soak the pots in water overnight. Then use a (+) plus screwdriver and rotate it by hand (idea is to drill slow). The red earth will come out and you will get a beautiful hole. More information on Step 4 of </p><p>https://www.instructables.com/id/Desktop-Water-Fountain-for-peaceful-sound-of-flowi/</p>
<p>Its a very nice idea but its not clear what kind of composter you are using. Is the composter worms?</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>thanks. but daily dump also provides compost acceleartor. did u add one?</p>
<p>Functional and looks great. Impressive </p>
Hello? Did you tried it? Does it work well?
You bet it works well! I have created tons of compost from my kitchen! Try it! It does not smell at all!
we are living in an appartment , and we have a small balcony (near to our bedroom) , where we will keep this compost bin?
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!
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.
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...?
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. <br> <br>Thanks again for providing such an elegant solution.
You are welcome!
Are these your pictures? Is this your text?
no! and no! I made something very much similar. The credits to the idea goes to http://www.dailydump.org/.
What a beautiful and practical idea. <br>badartworld.com<br>
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.<br><br>Mine has been doing very well for over a year and the compost worked well in my sister's garden.<br>Thanks for the idea.
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!
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! <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Milkcrate-Composter-vertically-stacked/" rel="nofollow">https://www.instructables.com/id/Milkcrate-Composter-vertically-stacked/</a>
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.
&nbsp;pretty! cant wait to try it.
What do you use to drill the holes?&nbsp;I've used 3&quot; wood bits -- and it's not all that easy to drill a clean hole in wood with them. Is there a 3&quot; masonry bit?&nbsp;Do you have to go to a special store to find one?<br /> <br /> Do you drill a pilot hole first?&nbsp;How do you keep the bit from skittering around when you're starting the hole? <br /> <br /> thanks!<br />
I did the&nbsp;holes with a&nbsp;screwdriver and mallet, chipping of small parts. The hole should not be regular. Just big enough to drain the&nbsp;leechate (fluid). Wetting the pot and making&nbsp;few guide holes&nbsp;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.&nbsp;Thanks for the clarification.<br />
I don't have much tools. So I improvise.<br /> The pots won't crack. Just make sure you don't blow hard.
&nbsp;I'm confused. I do not see how you put the pots you show in step 1 together without falling into each other. &nbsp;Also where do you get covers for the pots?
&nbsp;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.<br /> <br /> Too bad there's no pics of the one artworker made.<br />
There are lots of terracotta pots available. Just got to do some R&amp;D with the pots how they balance. The V shaped pots will require additional cover plates for each&nbsp;to hold them in place. Just make sure to drill the plates too. I got the pots and covers&nbsp;from my local gardener.
My worms would like to live in a nice high rise like that.&nbsp; <br />
This is your store?<br /> <a href="http://daaram.blogspot.com/2009/07/composting-kitchen-waste.html" rel="nofollow">daaram.blogspot.com/2009/07/composting-kitchen-waste.html</a><br /> <br /> L<br />
Probably not, Hyderabad is almost 350 miles from Pune.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> BTW the dailydump.org site linked from your site, is a pretty neat site.<br /> <br /> <br />
Don't worry/confuse me like that... You mean dailydump.org linked the daaram site (I hope)<br /> <br /> L<br />
Now I'm confused...? Dailydump is the parent site, the daaram site is a &quot;clone&quot; (reseller, spinoff, whatever)<br />
<a href="http://www.dailydump.org/clones" rel="nofollow">List of &quot;clones&quot;</a><br />
It's me reading your comment (to me) and &quot;your site&quot;, that's all.<br /> <br /> L<br />

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