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Easy Composter & Propagator Top
Compot & Propagator x 1
1 x Compot Base – Green Virgin material
1 x Compot Lid – Green Virgin material
4 x Metal Stakes
1 x Lift Pin
1 x Propagator Top
1 x Instructions
Easy Composter & Propagator Top makes your compost work for you, by creating a glasshouse effect to grow seeds in the lid, when covered with the Top. You fill the Compot with your waste, reverse the lid, fill it with potting mix, water it and plant your seeds. Place the lid back on top of your Compot – DO NOT lock the lid. Now place the Compot Top on top of the slots in the Compot base. With some gentle downward pressure, twist the Top clockwise and it will lock on to the Compot Base. You now have an easy way to propagate seeds the same way you would in a green house.
Click here for Technical Specifications of the product. About 10 pages
All care is taken to produce a quality product that will work for you all day every day giving you many years of satisfaction, as well as naturally fertilizing your garden, reducing council waste and therefore reducing methane greenhouse gas emissions.
Please see our returns and refunds policy if you are not satisfied with your purchase but please call us first. It is very rare for the Compot not to work and you might just need a little extra information.
Compot Height: 23cm
Compot Diameter: 24cm
Lid Height: 4cm
Lid Diameter: 23cm outer; 19.5cm inner
Combined Height: 26cm
Capacity: 10 litres per pot
Depth of hole to dig: 23cm
Compot Top Height: 21cm
Compot Top Width: 21.5cm to 23cm
Stakes – Length: 11cm Width: 2.5cm
Lift Pin Length: 10cm Tab: 2cm Circle: 4.5cm
Combined Pot x 1 and Top x 1 Height: 44cm
Box Dimensions for shipping: 26cm x 26cm x 27cm
Weight for shipping: 2kgs
Add 1 kg for each 1kg of garden products if added to an order.
The green eco-eze Compots are made from virgin plastic material that should last you roughly 10 years plus in the garden. There are no harmful chemicals in this material and it should not break if you stand on the lid. The lid will usually push into the pot rather than break. If you hit it with a rotary hoe (as one customer did) it will no doubt get chopped up. The lid is designed to take the weight of a 50 Kg child who might run across it. I personally have jumped on them and the lid usually just pushes inside the Compot Base. The product is guaranteed for 2 years under normal circumstances, but it should last much longer than 2 years so you get many valuable years of use out of your Compots.
The Compot Top is made of clear plastic with a small amount of UV stabilizer added. This means it will last for several years in your garden before it deteriorates. I have had one in the garden in the same spot every day for over 8 years now and it is still going strong. There is no reason why you won’t get 10 years of use out of it as you will most likely not have it in the sun every single day like I have done to test its endurance.
To post one Compot costs the same as three Compots (unless you live in Brisbane where the rates are generally less than most other areas) so consider the postage costs when you order to get the best value out of your post.
After 3 Compots it costs roughly the same to post up to 14 Compots depending on where you live. You can test different bundles for postage costs by entering your suburb details and requesting a quote. Just don’t follow through with the order. Try another bundle to compare postage costs, and then make your choice on the bundle you want. Or call us if you can’t work this out.
The updated website and shopping cart should automatically calculate any variations of products you add to your order and offer you the three cheapest options (one with signature required) so you can choose which option you prefer, be it courier or Australia Post. However, if this does not appear to happen then please call us (0467 006 529 / (07) 3358 3716) for a correct quote or continue to payment options. We will refund you any postage charges over and above what the real cost is when we calculate and book your order if it is more than $25.00. Otherwise I put some garden supplements or seeds in your order to compensate for any difference in the post. So don’t be put off by the post.
If for any reason you feel the postage to your area is excessive (and sometimes it is to remote areas) please email us so we can work something out for you. The updated website will now give you Australia Post and courier costs, but this still may be excessive. So, contact us to see how we can help.
Click here for instructions on how to calculate postage with Australia post – if you want to check the postage rates
If you get no satisfaction with the post, then please call us or email us and see if we can’t help you get a better deal.
Where is the best place to put it?The best position to plant your easy composter & propagator top will depend on your specific climate and environment and what you might be trying to propagate. If your climate is too hot you might find propagating in the shade works better. Or in the sun might work better in winter. Like all gardening, propagating can be a trial-and-error thing. Just have fun with it and keep trying till you find what works in your garden. A single easy composter & propagator top are suitable for anyone who wants a small composting solution. Or you want to grow a few veggies and herbs on the side as a bit of a hobby. Owning a Compot and Top means you don't need warming trays, greenhouses, and other paraphernalia just to grow a couple of seeds. It's a fun way to grow plants from seed and fun for the kids to play with and learn. Link - Using the easy composter & propagator top in a chicken pen. (coming)
Can I put one in a Chicken pen?The easy composter & propagator top often suits people with chickens. That is because they usually give much of their waste to their chickens and have very little waste left over to compost. But chickens don't always eat everything so what do you do with the rest of your waste? Put it in an eco-eze Compot. When the Soldier Flies come the chickens can feast on the larvae which are roughly 45% protein for them. Chickens love Soldier Fly Larvae and maggots also. You are not likely to get maggots in the Compot but don't panic if you do. If they happen to get inside the Compot they usually can't get out very easily. If house flies are hovering around your pots in your garden then add a little extra cover. Usually, this is enough to filter any odours they might be smelling. You, of course, should not smell anything. In a chicken pen you don't need to worry about covering the pot as chickens like flies as well. And you don't need to soak your scraps when using the Compot inside a chicken pen. I now teach people to use the "Above Ground Method" in a chicken pen as some chickens will dig up your pot trying to get to the larvae and any worms that have found their way to the pots. If you use the above ground method they can't dig around it but can easily access the larvae when they venture outside the pot. (video coming)
How do I harvest the larvae for the chickens?In your chicken pen, they will help themselves to the larvae. When composting in your garden, simply put on a glove, scoop out some Larvae and toss it into your chicken pen. Your chickens will sort out what to eat while the rest will improve the soil in their coop. Or give the larvae a little hose with water through a strainer to remove all the composting material. There will be other bugs in there that your chickens will also like. Hose gently to save as many bugs as you can. There might be little cockroaches, slaters, millipedes and other composting critters. All good for your chickens and your garden though some might disagree about Millipedes. When the Soldier Fly larvae grow big enough and are ready to pupate they bury out through the soil and hatch into Soldier Flies. Then they find a partner, mate, lay their larvae and die. Not much of a life for a fly. Very rarely will you see them in your garden. They are very elusive and completely harmless. They don't have a mouth so they cannot harm you. Get excited if you see one in your garden because you know you have the best composter around that is free - next to the worms of course. Link- Growing greens in your chicken pen on top of the Compot
Growing greens in your chicken penMany of you with chickens know you can't grow anything is a chicken pen because chickens will scratch everything to pieces. Having a Compot and Compot Top allows you to grow greens in their coops without them destroying the seeds before they have sprouted. When you are growing greens in the lid, remove the top after the greens have sprouted and let the chickens at it. Another tip is to uncover the seeds when they have just sprouted. The seeds are really high in protein at this stage. Let your wheat or barley etc grow long and green to improve your egg quality. Hyperlink - "details on how to grow wheatgrass, barley, oats etc"
Using the propagator top directly in the gardenYou can use the Propagator Top directly in the garden to cover small seedlings. This is really handy for plants that don't like to be transplanted. You can plant them once straight into a garden and protect them with the Compot Top. Water them through the holes in the top and uncover when ready. Secure them in place with the 4 stakes that come with your Top. This stops the Top from being knocked over by garden animals protecting your plant till it's time to uncover it. Find out what works best for you. Don't make it a chore. It is meant to be fun and easy. The choice is yours. Articles coming soon What can I put in my Compots with my dog waste (coming soon) What if my dogs want to dig it up (coming soon) Black Soldier Flies and Animal Waste (coming soon) Composting in winter Propagating wheatgrass propagating seeds Shop eco-eze Compots Now Shop ABSeeds
Your eco-eze Compot composter is a clever, easy to use, in-ground, direct compost solution, designed to dispose of all your kitchen waste. It can be adapted to suit any size garden, either large or small. It is meant to make composting easy while nourishing your garden without the usual hard work that composting requires.
The design of the Compot allows you to fill it with all your kitchen waste including meat, citrus, onions, oil, dairy and basically anything biodegradable such as animal waste, without needing to chop it up into little pieces like you have to do with worm composting. And, you don’t have to keep digging holes, unless of course you want to move them around your garden every 6 months or so. That to me is too much work.
And all you have to do is keep topping it up or refilling it whenever you have any waste. There is no need to wait for everything to decompose. Just toss more waste on top of the old waste, lock on the lid and cover with anything but dirt or sugar cane mulch.
Simply…Fill… Forget… Refill.
Ideally, plant a few around your garden and rotate filling them. By the time you get back to the first one, it will be well and truly ready to take more of your waste. Plus it is super easy to harvest soil if you want to use the soil for your potted plants. Just let one rest for 4 to 6 weeks without topping it up and it will turn into beautiful rich composted soil that is easy to scoop out with your hand or a trowel.
If you don’t like filling them with everything from your kitchen you can choose to fill them with just “worm friendly” food only. It is slower with worms and you can’t compost everything. Only worm friendly waste. The choice is yours. Work out what works best for you.
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How it works
We want to help you and make your life easier. So we compiled all the instructions on how to use our eco-eze compot. The detailed guide contains a few simple steps to install a Compot, fill a Compot, propagate with a Compot, empty a Compot or move a Compot.
More About Us
When I started this journey in 2009, I found nothing existed commercially, that was reasonably priced and easy to use. There was a homemade system which I also found was not that user-friendly.
Then a friend of mine told me about a homemade method she used. However, when I tried her method, I found this also didn’t suit my needs, as it too had flaws that I considered where important. It did not keep vermin out, did not have a lockable lid and (to me) looked unsightly in the garden.
Frequently Asked Questions
YES. Absolutely you can fill it with just worm friendly scraps if that is what you prefer, but you will have to separate all your scraps into two piles. I personally don’t have time to fiddle with separating food waste and just toss it all in together. One thing though – you may find the Compot will need emptying more often as the worms try to fill the pot up with soil and their castings. But you will have beautiful compost more regularly to harvest if this is your aim and your Compot will be full of worms.
There is no need to water your Compots specifically. When you water your garden water will naturally go into the Compot through the holes and this is a good thing as it will keep the contents nice and moist.
If, however, you found your pots were really dry and the waste was not decomposing at all then you might want to add some water to soften the waste to help the decomposition process along. Dry contents can occur when you don’t cover your Compots with leaves, or hay etc because the hot sun gets in, in summer, and dries the contents out, dehydrating the waste rather than decomposing it. Much the same as if you were to throw your waste out onto an open lawn without burying it. The same will happen in winter but this time it is the cold air drying out or freezing the contents.
You can fill your Compot with any biodegradable waste from your kitchen. IE: Anything that will break down. EG: Meat, citrus, onions, oil, dairy, eggs, coffee grounds, tea and tea bags, paper towel, old nuts, pasta, bread, cooked food of any sort, wastewater (with or without detergent), milk, cream, yogurt, and anything else you can find in your kitchen that you would normally eat or throw in your council bin, aside from the obvious; glass, plastic, metal etc. So literally everything that you produce in the kitchen that is biodegradable.
Everything will decompose – even doggie doo (un-medicated preferably unless you are putting this waste by a big tree or unused part of your garden). No doggie doo in your veggie patch either.
The time it takes to decompose will just depend on the density of the food, the time of the year, and whether you are relying on all the elements to decompose your waste or just worms.
If you only want to fill your Compot with worm friendly scraps, then you need to leave out most of what I just said you could put in the Compot. It’s up to you how you want to use your Compot and what you feed it. But I find it more efficient to fill it with everything. Just do what is best for you. See other tips and tricks about ways to make it work faster.