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How to secure an empty compost bin?

we have got a compost bin, the large black plastic type.We haven't started using it yet and so it has visited many of the other plots in the last few winds!!Any tips of holding it down?Also can I throw weeds in there?silly question maybe but I wasn't sure if the absence of sun would mean they would rot down rather than repopulate.


  • Mojisola
    Mojisola Posts: 35,559 Forumite
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    https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/organicgardening/compost_pf.php - this is good guide of what to put in your bin.

    Avoid anything like the roots of Ground Elder and weeds with seeds on them which will probably not be killed off by the temperature in a garden bin.

    Can you tie your bin down with a rope and some wire pegs until it gets full enough to stay under its own weight?
  • yumyums
    yumyums Posts: 686 Forumite
    I think burying it slightly with soil around the outside is meant to help secure it
  • smithyjules
    smithyjules Posts: 497 Forumite
    Thanks for those ideas, I might try them both!Our allotment is by a large field and the wind really whips round so I'll have a go at both I think.Will also have a look at the linky too.Thanks!
  • freezspirit
    freezspirit Posts: 994 Forumite
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    A neighbour had the same problem in the end they drilled a few holes around the base and used tent pegs/wire hooks to secure it to the ground.
  • smithyjules
    freezspirit - funny you should mention tent pegs...We walked past the allotment on our way to the park with a friend and her children in tow. Ours is an edge plot and I spotted the poor compst bin half way across the plot again.I had a bit of a moan about it and my friend looked through the fence and said, "well it's got holes round the bottom why don't you use some tent pegs?". Typical why didn't I think of that?!there's me lugging pallets around trying to pin it against the fence lol!Oh well you live and learn!
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