Pros & Cons of Combined Compot Composting

Combined Compot composting is similar to trench composting except that it uses all the elements listed in the 8 Composting Methods; especially the Soldier Fly.
The pros and cons are intermingled because what might be a pro to one person is a con to someone else.  This method brings with it the same challenges depending on your ability to bend down but the system can be used above ground as well and will be discussed in another post.

It requires

  • Digging a hole – only once for each pot, then no more holes to dig
  • Planting your Pot
  • Filling with ‘ALL’ your kitchen waste
  • Locking on lid and covering with anything but dirt
  • Dispose of all your kitchen waste including meat, dairy, citrus, eggs, onions, oil
  • Dispose of anything bio-degradable
  • Dispose of animal excrement – doggie doos etc. (not in your veggie garden)
  • Decomposes super fast – with the help of the Black Soldier Fly
  • Worms come. You do not need to add worms unless you have really  bad soil
  • Worms don’t die. They look after themselves
  • Worms, therefore, nourish your garden with no effort from you
  • You don’t have to feed your worms if you go away on holidays.
  • Nourishes all different parts of your garden with little to no work by planting a few around your garden.  Therefore…
  • You do need more than one – or simply move some around the garden every now and then. But that to me requires digging more holes.  I prefer not to move mine.
  • Empties by itself unless you intentionally want to harvest soil
  • Works all year round – (varies with different climates)
  • Can be used as a worm farm by filling with worm friendly waste only
  • Takes only one month to 6 weeks max to produce composted soil (if you want to collect soil)
  • Invisible in your garden
  • Reversible lid allows you to mow over it
  • Safe for young toddlers.  Lockable lid
  • Takes the weight of a 50kg child running across
  • The lid pushes in if an adult stands on it  – within reason
  • Does not need a carbon/nitrogen ratio
  • Does not have to be dry to work – the wetter the better
  • Utilises your wastewater as well – without detergent
  • Soaking your waste in wastewater makes it work faster
  • Fermenting your waste keeps unwanted animals away like rats, bush turkeys, dogs
  • You can have as many or as little as you like and use it in whatever manner you like
  • It is small for a reason – because it is more efficient in this size, nourishing many different parts of your garden without the need to spread compost. The worms do the work for you
  • You don’t need to wait for everything to decompose.  Just keep topping it up
  • Liquid goes directly into the ground
  • On the downside – it helps if you can bend down.  Otherwise, put the Compot inside raised garden beds.
  • Seeds can grow from the composted material if you don’t ferment your waste
  • Yes, you have to dig a hole.  But once you have dug that hole you never need to dig another hole unless you want to move it and make more work for yourself.  It’s your choice
  • And nothing to do with composting but the Compot loves Soldier Fly Larvae.   Great for your chooks and fish also, if you have them.
  • Plant one in your chock pen and let the chooks search for the larvae.  But don’t ferment your waste in your chook pen. They don’t like the smell.
  • Propagate green food for you chooks on top of the Compot with the CompotTOP.
  • Or propagate seeds for yourself in the upturned lid while composting below if you like to grow your own herbs and other things as well
  • If there is one thing that it does not do and that is collecting the liquid to water your pot plants. But the liquid goes directly into the soil so this is, in fact, one less chore for me.
  • And if you harvest the soil from them you can use this soil in your pot plants providing them with the nutrients that you would get from worm tea.
  • Or you can soak the collected soil and make compost tea yourself if you have the time.
  • It is small – this is so it decomposes quicker, is hidden in your garden and takes up no space
  • You cannot fail at composting with this system
  • The Compot is the most versatile way to compost but:
  • You have to dig one hole per pot
  • You have to bend down unless you have raised garden beds
  • You can’t really use them for yard waste except for grass clipping and leaves on top to cover it which actually helps break down the grass clippings.

There are now a number of commercial direct composters on the market that you have no doubt seen and I know many of you have tried.

I have had lots of feedback of these products from people I talk to at the trade shows.

They do work the same way to a point, but not quite, and some of them go beneath the root zone of the plants, which means you have a big hole to dig, and the nutrients are lost below the 30 cm zone unless you have deep-rooted plants.

Others are not aerated the same way.

Others are hard to harvest the soil.

Others are bio-degradable so you have to keep buying them.

And almost all of them are visible in your garden and you can’t mow over them or propagate with them.
But in the end, it is your choice.

I just hope some of this information helps in making the right decision for you on a composter that is going to give you years of joy and a beautiful garden.