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Direct Compost Solutions Pty Ltd is a privately owned Australian company established in 2013 to bring to the public an easy way to compost “ALL” your kitchen waste.
1 x Lift Pin
One lift pin is included with 4 stakes with every Compot Top ordered
One lift pin is included in every order of Compots – 1 per order as a complimentary gift
Your lift pin is made from rust proof material. Though it can discolour over time. It was designed specifically for use with the Compot Top to assist removal of the lid when propagating. It makes it easy to lift the lid up and out of the Compot to further fill up your Compot. It is mainly used when propagating but many customers and I, find it a handy tool to aid removing the lid, even when not propagating, to keep your hands clean if the lid is full of composter grass clippings and leaves.
The new design of the lid has four holes as opposed to one large one in the middle. This was a design change to assist with the manufacturing process. The four holes allow you to put the lift pin into any one of the four holes to aid in lifting the lid out of the Compot. And now there is not big hole for flies to get in.
The material varies from time to time depending on what the manufacture has available at the time of ordering.
It is usually a rust proof material but it can discolour a little over time.
They were designed specifically for use with the Compot Top but I am sure you could make one out of a coat hanger perhaps, or some other suitable material if you don’t want to buy another one.
Or if you are really handy you might be able to fashion a sturdy piece of wire to do the trick.
Tab length: 2cm
Weight for shipping: 0.15kgs
If posted separate to a Compot of Compot Top it will be posted in a standard envelope with some padding.
One Lift Pin and Four Stakes are included with every Compot Top order.
One Lift Pin is included as a complimentary gift with every order even if you did not purchase a Compot Top
If you require more you can just add one to an order without changing the cost of shipping.
If you forget to add extra or just want extra after you received your order you can order them here and I post them in an envelope for $2.20 postage.
If growing wheat grass it is a good idea to put the lift pin in place and leave it there during the propagation process otherwise it is tricky to find the holes when the wheat grass has grown over 3cm tall. It will not hold the weight of the lid full of soil all by itself so you need to raise the lid on one side and then grab it with your other hand to support the weight of the lid which is generally full of soil and or little seedlings if you are propagating.
I find it handy to help unlock and lift the lid even if not propagating, as I often have slippery gloves on from digging around inside my Compots to show you what is going on inside them. In most circumstances you will not have slippery gloves on unless you are like me and go digging to see what is happening and if your Soldier Flies are hiding under the top layer of waste where they are protected from the light, wind and rain.
People with arthritis may benefit from this tool. It gives them something to hold rather than trying to grab and twist the lid. Even if you aren’t propagating it really does make it easy to lift the lid up and out of the base of the Compot.
There is not much more to it than that. Very simple handy tool and everyone gets one as a complimentary gift with every order.
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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.
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.
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.
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