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Types of Compost Bins

w360The composting process requires you to have a compost bin. There are numerous types of bins that you can buy or build for use. Take a look at some of them.

  • Plastic Stationary Bins

They are ideal for continuous composting not batch composting. Most models have air vents on the sides, and they are built from recycled plastics. Search for a securely fitting lid and doors to help you access the end product.

  • Tumblers or Rotating Bins

These composters are good for creating sets of compost all at once. You can gather organic materials till it fills the bin then put it in and rotate on a daily basis or after two days. When you shred the materials before you put them in these bins, and there is enough nitrogen, you compost can be ready in five weeks or even less.

  • Wire Bin

You can create this compost bin and put it in your backyard. You can acquire some fence wire at the local hardware and then tie the ends to create the hoop. You can learn about the various types of compost bins at Open Permaculture School and Regenerative Leadership Institute.

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  • Trash Can Bin

It is another type of compost bin that does not take up so much of your time. You can learn how to convert your trash can into a composting bin in an easy procedure.

  • Block or Brick or Stone Bin

It is an easy composter to build. You can put down the blocks with mortar if it is available or without when it is no and leave some spaces between every block. In doing so, you allow aeration.

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  • Wood Pallet Bin

You can also use unwanted wooden pallets that factories and stores have to make a compost bin. Place it upright and append the corners with chain, wire or rope. You can also opt to use the fourth pallet as a floor to heighten the flow of air. A used carpet can also be ideal as you can place it on the compost pile to decrease the loss of moisture and to ensure that snow and rain do not reach your compost pile.

  • Two- or Three-Bay Wood Bin

When you have many bins, you can use one area to store materials, the other for active composting and another to store the ready compost. Ensure that each bin is roughly 3x3x3 feet and ensure there are air spaces on the sidewall slots. It is also advisable to have lift-out slats so that they are easily accessible.

You can know what to consider when buying compost bins at Open Permaculture School and Regenerative Leadership Institute. Feel free to check Regenerative Leadership Institute page.

3 most famous names in the history of permaculture and organic farming

Permaculture is a way of life, i.e. a system of principles and rules which greatly exceeds the boundaries of agriculture and gardening, although many people nowadays restrict it only to these areas of human activity. This elaborate set of rules is focused on preservation of non-renewable resources and our complete environment, by copying or mimicking patterns and designs found in nature. It can be applied to various fields of modern society interactions, like natural building, engineering and economy.

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Many people are deeply touched by the whole situation with natural world and are actively engaged in the battle for protection and sustainable usage of resources. This “battle” for a better and healthier lifestyle started all the way back in 1900s when people began to oppose the unstoppable growth and dominance of increased industrialization. Pollution, global warming and similar eco-problems were being more and more present in the media, and those levels of awareness reached their peak during the 1960s. Soon after that, in 1978 two Australian experts published the book called “Permaculture One” which marked a great step forward in the efforts to save our endangered world.

Several names have deserved the utmost respect for their hard work and continuous attempts to make permaculture available to anybody, and although some of them worked before the official establishment of the movement, they are included here, because they influenced the younger generations and were active in the field of organic farming.

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David Holmgren

Masanobu Fukuoka (1913-2008): Japanese philosopher and one of the most important names in the field of organic farming. His book “The One-Straw Revolution” (1975) left enormous impact on experts all over the world, and was sold in more than one million copies on more than 20 languages. He travelled extensively all over the world, giving lectures and receiving numerous awards for his work and teaching.

Bill Mollison (1928- ): Australian professor, author and scientist who is considered “the father of permaculture” since he co-founded the system with his student in 1978. He later founded “The Permaculture Institute” in Tasmania and created the system of leadership and training courses.

David Holmgren (1955- ): Australian writer and environmentalist with long history in activism and permaculture. Together with Mollison he coined the term permaculture and is also considered one of the founding fathers. During the years, he held many courses on this topic and wrote numerous publications and books. Ecovillage “Fryers Forest” in Australia is his most significant contribution to practical permaculture.

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Other honorable mentions definitely have to include names like Geoff Lawton and Toby Hemenway who are well-known authors on subject of permaculture, or Rudolf Stainer and J.I Rodale who are pioneers of organic farming and have also wrote notable publications, or the modern-day activists and fighters for Mother Nature, like Vladislav Davidzon who founded a popular design school (“Regenerative Leadership Institute” in 2004) and since then provides high-quality courses on the topics of sustainable living, renewable resources, waste recycling, economical elements of permaculture and many more.