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Terracotta Home Composter

Introduction: Terracotta Home Composter

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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.

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Make sure that the pots do not get totally drenched by rain or over watering or else the composter freaks out and composting process gets out of hand.

Answering the points in step 1

7. I live in an apartment
You can do it on the terrace, or near the window!

Added after the comments:
Thanks to http://www.dailydump.org/ and their presentations

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Can we use acrylic color to color the pots or will they affect the effectiveness of pot in negative manner. if not acrylic, then any other suggestion for type of color to be used?

Question 12 months ago on Introduction

I live in an apartment in Pittsburgh where it snows and the temperature is below 5-6 degrees Celsius. How can I use the khamba compost method then ?

Question 1 year ago

Where can I buy this terra-cotta composter collection in the US? Can it be shipped to me? I was looking for this composter since they are pretty and most of all functional. And it is space saving in NY apartments.

I have been using the terracotta composter for the last 3 months, I’m extremely happy with the outcome of the compost, which was totally dry. To my surprise there is no insects, flies and rotten smell.

Initially i was hesitant to keep it at home. But now I recommend this to all urban houses to install this.

Question 2 years ago on Introduction

Leachate is liquid. So, is there a provision for its drainage in the Khanna?

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?

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

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.

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

Wow, that sounds kind of labor-intensive and pot-cracking — but comfortably low-tech. Thanks for the clarification.

Reply 2 years ago

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

I don’t have much tools. So I improvise.
The pots won’t crack. Just make sure you don’t blow hard.

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.

Reply 2 years ago

You need different bit to drill holes. one which is not pointy. it kind of sands the surface and makes the hole. the ones used for drill glass/tile etc.

Terracotta Home Composter: Added after the comments: 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…

The 9 Best Countertop Compost Bins of 2020

A stylish way to reduce waste

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Even the kitchen scraps we do have to toss—eggshells, coffee grounds, cantaloupe peels, and so on—can have a second life in your compost pile or at the nearest collection center. But whether you’ve been composting for years or are just starting out, you need a place to collect that kitchen waste (except certain things like dairy products, which you should never compost). Of course, you can keep scraps in an open bowl, but it’s not the prettiest countertop decor. Not to mention, food scraps get, well, rather slimy and smelly after a day or two. Countertop compost bins solve the problem by corralling your scraps, controlling odors, and making it easy to remember to be more conscious of your waste.

You may not love the idea of a single-use kitchen device; but then again, if you have a certain aesthetic in mind for your kitchen, an old jar or can full of stinky compostable materials that attract flies may not be an acceptable option to you. And if a cute and useful countertop bin (especially if it lasts for years) makes it more likely that you’ll save the good stuff, then it’s likely not a bad idea. Here are our top picks for attractive and functional countertop compost bins that help the environment.

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Compost bins remind cooks to reduce food waste and are stylish and odor-controlling enough to keep on the kitchen counter. Get our eco-friendly favorites.