The number of pots you will need depends on your family size, garden size, amount of waste, what you want to dispose of , and what you want to achieve.
As a rough guide, 1 COMPOT per person and 1 for the Garden is a good starting point. You can always get more if you find you need more.
Step1–Dig a small hole
Step3–Fill with organic matter
- Fill your COMPOT with ‘ALL’ your kitchen waste or anything biodegradable, even doggie doos. Food can remain unchopped. As long as it fits in the COMPOT the worms, soldier flies and other composting critters will take care of it.
The COMPOT is designed to save you time not make more work.
Simply …… Fill …… Forget …… Refill…. when ready.
- You do not need to add worms to your COMPOT unless the quality of your soil is poor, such as sandy soil and clay soil. The normal earthworms will find their way to your pot. But by all means, add worms (which are specialized worms for composting) if you have bad soil, or there are no soldier flies in your area.
- Worms are available on our website from a third party as I no longer have time to feed and sort worms.
- Rotate filling your pots. By the time you have filled your last pot, the first pot should be empty enough to top up with more waste. You don’t need to wait for everything to decompose before you top them up. So just keep topping them up and they will look after themselves.
Step4–Twist and lock lid into place
- Position your lid in the open slots and twist clockwise to lock.
- If the pot is near a tree that you normally mow around, then reverse the lid so you can mow straight over the top of your pot.
- The holes in the lid allow air and water to enter the pot as well as Soldier Flies, whose larvae will devour your waste quicker than worms. These are good flies so do not kill them. Their larvae are large and easily distinguishable from maggots.
- If your COMPOT gets maggots in it, don’t worry. They either will not be able to get out and become further compost, or they get eaten by other wildlife such as birds and lizards creating a mini ecosystem around your pot.
- Cover your COMPOT with grass clippings, bark, hay, leaves, coconut fibre, bamboo mulch or large garden waste (tree branches) that has been through a mulcher.
- Remember not to cover your COMPOT with soil as this prevents the compost from breathing and prevents the soldier flies from finding your waste. Your compost will still decompose if you cover it with soil, but it will take much longer to decompose and is, therefore, less effective. Covering it with dirt is the same as digging a hole in the ground. It just takes too long to decompose. And you might find it hard to locate.
- And don’t use sugar cane mulch either. It blows away for one thing and secondly it appears to attract rats as it emits a sweet smell of molasse. It is fine if you have no other food in the garden but when filling a Compot with worm friendly food only you will almost certainly attract rats who would generally dig this waste up if you buried it under soil unless you buried it at least 30 cm deep so the odour cannot reach the surface. But you need to work out what works in your garden.
- The heat created inside the pot helps break down the grass clippings placed on top of the COMPOT, adding valuable nitrogen to the soil while reducing excess weed growth. Continue to cover with grass clippings each time you mow your lawn and watch how quickly the clippings disappear.
- If your pot is not attracting soldier flies you may have to uncover one or two of the holes to allow the files to be attracted to the waste. Then cover it up.
- If you can smell your COMPOT you have not covered it properly or you may need to add some cardboard or lime to reduce the smell. Under normal circumstances, there should be no smell. Adding cardboard or lime is usually not necessary unless you have really bad clay soil for which there is an easy fix. I personally prefer to put paper and cardboard in the council bin as they take too long to be eaten by the worms. Or you can follow the above ground method. And council have other ways of disposing of paper and cardboard. Unless you lay the cardboard or shredded paper on your garden bed and cover with mulch. But you must keep it moist for the worms to eat.
- If for some reason your COMPOT turns into a sump and fills up with liquid, it means it is not draining into your soil (eg, really bad Clay soil). Either move the COMPOT to a better location or dig around, and below the pot, and fill with cheap potting mix and worms to help break up the soil. It may take a while, but eventually, you will have well aerated, nourished soil. Other horticultural methods may be needed depending on the density of your clay.
Step5–Rotate to remove
- To remove your pot simply twist it and wiggle it. If it has been in the ground for a long time you may need to dig around it as the soil can become quite compacted around it. I personally never move mine. This to me is more work and more time. Much like digging holes to bury your waste. And if you don’t have a big garden eventually you will run out of places to dig holes.
- Just plant a few around your garden, rotate filling them and then you never need to move them. But if you want to you can. They are very portable.
Step6–To Propagate – Reverse lid, fill with soil, plant seeds
- You can use your COMPOT to grow plants from seeds. Simply reverse the lid and place in the slots of the COMPOT. DO NOT LOCK the lid in this position or your Compot Top will not lock into place.
- Fill the lid with the composted soil you have created, or buy some potting mix. (Be aware that your composted soil can be very rich so remember to mix it with your potting mix or garden soil). Plant your seeds and water to begin propagation. It is now ready to cover with the COMPOTTOP.
Step7–Twist COMPOTTOP into place
- Position your COMPOTTOP over your seedlings on top of the Lid, and put a little downward pressure on the Top as you twist it clockwise to lock it into position. Your COMPOTTOP now acts like a terrarium, maintaining a moist, warm environment for your seedlings to grow and thrive.
- The heat created in the pot below also warms your seedlings. Remember to water your seedlings occasionally. If you find they are drying out too quickly it means the water is draining out too quickly. Simply place some paper in the bottom of the lid before you fill it with soil or use organic soil that holds more water.
- Replant the seedlings in your garden when they are ready.
- You can also use your COMPOTTOP directly in your garden to grow your seedlings. Plant your seeds, water, and cover with the COMPOTTOP. Secure the COMPOTTOP in the ground with the stakes provided to keep vermin and birds out. Your COMPOTTOP now acts like a terrarium in your garden.
- The holes in the top of the COMPOTTOP allow for gases to escape and water to get in. You, therefore, do not need to remove the Top when you are watering your plants, but you can if you want to. You will find the plants grow faster underneath the COMPOTTOP but results will vary depending on the time of year, your location, climate and what you are trying to grow. Like all gardening, it can be a trial and error process. Fortunately, I have had mostly successes. So give it a go yourself. It’s fun and easy, especially for the kids.
Step8–Drive in stakes – Optional
- Use the stakes to secure the COMPOTTOP directly in the ground if propagating directly in your garden. This keeps all the slugs, bugs, birds and possums from feasting on your new seedlings or baby plants.
- The stakes can also be used on the rim of the COMPOT or through the holes in the base of the COMPOT to secure the pot in the ground to prevent dogs from digging it up. However, feedback from people suggests big dogs can be an issue. So if you have big dogs then refrain from putting meat in your Compots or follow the simple solution covered in the FAQ’s section. But if you don’t want to use your Compot for your kitchen waste, then use it for your doggie doo waste. It works a treat. Just remember to put your doggie doos by an ornamental plant and not in your veggie patch.
- Remember to cover your Pot with grass clippings, leaves, hay, sugar cane mulch, bamboo mulch, coconut fiber or straw. This will filter any odours (which you should not be able to smell) and keep the hot air out in summer and the cold air out in winter. Basically, you can cover it with anything that allows it to breathe. You don’t have to do this but it makes a big difference to how quickly and efficiently the waste decomposes. The only rule to remember is not to cover it with dirt.
* You can put anything in your COMPOT except chemicals or anything treated with chemicals.
* Medicated animal excrement should be OK by a big tree, not in your veggie patch.
* Whatever you put in your Compot reduces your council waste thus helping the environment.