The composter comes with the following parts:
Side Panels (12)
Corner Hinge Pins (12)
NOTE: The panels are smooth on one side and ribbed on the other side. You can assemble the composter with the smooth side facing in or out, whichever you prefer.
Step 1. Place four panels on the ground so that the lip of each panel faces up and the hinges interlock at each corner.
Step 2. Slide a Corner Hinge Pin through the interlocking hinges on all four corners.
Step 3. Build the next tier of the composter by stacking four more panels onto the lip of the panels below and fix each corner with a Corner Hinge Pin.
Step 4. Repeat Step 2 to add the final tier of the composter. That's all there is to it!
Where's the best place to put my composter?
Place the Estate Composter on level ground. Place it in a sunny location to speed decomposition. If it's not exposed to rain, occasional watering may be required to moisten the pile to keep it from drying out.
What can be composted?
The Estate Composter will compost kitchen scraps such as fruit and vegetable peels and trimmings, egg shells, coffee grounds, and yard wastes such as fallen leaves, grass clippings, weeds, garden plants and pine needles.
Using the composter
The composter will hold up to 28 cubic feet of material. This is the optimal volume for insulating the heat produced by decomposition. Any smaller, the pile might have trouble holding heat; any larger, oxygen might not reach the center of the pile.
Periodically aerate or turn the compost. To turn the compost, lift the top tier and place it on the ground. Starting at the top of the pile, transfer some compost into the tier on the ground. When you reach the middle of the pile, lift and stack the middle tier and transfer more compost. Continue this process until you've turned the entire pile.
To begin a new pile after the first has finished composting, lift off the top tier and place it on the ground. Instead of transferring compost, add fresh materials. (It may take weeks or months to fill the composter, depending on the amount of materials you have.) As the new pile grows, continue to stack the tiers from the old pile to the new.
You can encourage decomposition by mixing in some finished compost with the fresh materials. Other high-nitrogen materials such as Super Hot Compost Starter can help get your compost "cooking" too.
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