Who is it for: Individuals looking for an easy way to get started with outdoor composting.
Who is it not for: People who prefer a composter with a lid.
If you are looking for a strong, durable outdoor compost bin, a metal composter is your best bet. In Carr’s experience, plastic containers “don’t last very long and tend to be small,” which is why he prefers metal. The MTB Garden Wire compost bin is easy to assemble and provides plenty of airflow to aerate your compost. It can be secured to the ground with four removable pins along the edges of the container to keep it from being blown away in windy areas. Once you’re ready to harvest your compost, simply remove one of the pins and swing the plate open to easily scoop it out. We like that its sleek, powder-coated steel frame blends effortlessly into its surroundings. Also, it’s lightweight and portable, so you can easily store it away or move it to another part of your garden when needed.
A downside to this composter is that the spacing between the wires is on the larger side. So when you compost smaller materials, they’re more likely to slide out of your pile. However, it’s nothing a fencing material or tarp can’t fix – it just takes an extra step to buy the material and pack the frame. This compost bin also has no lid. So if you find that it attracts deer, squirrels and raccoons, you still need to cover it with a tarp.
Despite these disadvantages, this outdoor compost bin is very well made. It gives you a nice spot in your garden to dump your browns and greens, and its no-fuss design means it can be used by composting professionals and novices alike. Plus, it’s available in two sizes and two color options to best suit your garden.
- Dimensions: 30 x 30 x 24 inches and 36 x 36 x 30 inches
- Material: steel
- Capacity: 95 and 140 gallons
- Colour: Black or green
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