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Outdoor Wooden Compost Bin - The Valentina Composter
(patent pending) 24-inch high. Cedar. Handmade in the USA. The Valentina is an attractive all wood outdoor Compost bin. Over the years, on my hikes through the countryside, I would often see wood Bee Hives and it occurred to me that they would make a perfectly sized household composter. Valentina is the ideal proportion for a terrace or small backyard, and will appeal to compost enthusiasts and novices alike. How Valentina works: Valentina looks like a wooden box with wheels, with a lid that opens up on the top, revealing a list of the basic ingredients that Valentina likes, from eggshells, to vegetables, fruit to shredded newspaper. Inside is the first of two chambers, where all those delicious ingredients are dropped into and the smaller they are cut up the better.
The larger upper and smaller lower chambers are divided by a floor of chicken wire, for extra ventilation, and for material to fall below and collected. I strongly recommend adding Red Worms to Valentina, as they are very compatible. I have worms in my own Valentina, and in the lower chamber, I put a 9-inch long metal cooking tray with sides so I to capture the -inchliquid gold-inch also know as Worm Juice. As unattractive as it sounds, no one was more surprised than I was by how much I have grown to value this magic Worm Juice. When I designed Valentina, I went through several prototypes until I got Valentina just right. It needed to be utilitarian while being very accommodating to apartment dwellers and single-family homeowners. Valentina is made of pine and includes a vent on the back for better air circulation, essential to the composting process. Wheels were added just so Valentina can easily be moved wherever you need it to be. Valentina's flat-top opens easily and the lower chamber is accessed by opening a lower door flap, which stays open, while you are scooping out compost.