Help for small gardeners

I take my composting seriously (sad but true).  So I decided to buy myself a pre-Christmas present in December and was excited when the box arrived a few days later.

I had coveted this strange item ever since I had “had a go” with it in a natural gardening open day.

To make good compost rapidly I have been told the compost needs to be mixed frequently and I have seen videos of large compost heaps being attacked vigorously with garden forks.

I do not have sufficient strength to dig into piles of vegetable matter and in addition we keep our compost in wooden containers to keep it tidy and to conserve the warmth of decomposition.  You would need to be tall to be able to fork through these compost boxes or be happy to demantle them every few days, which is not an easy job.

I do not usually feature the composting site on the blog, for obvious reasons.  I’ve had to leave the tops open as once I had used my Brass compost mixer (for those interested in etymology, brasser means to mix or toss in French), I noticed that the mixture was quite dry in parts.

In short, I am delighted with it.  I can burrow into my compost heap creating tunnels leading to the bottom layers and distributing the extracted cores on the top and sides.  This is a video of the inventor showing how it works.

The mixer is produced by the ESAT de l’ODET near Quimper which is run by the Association for the paralysed in France (l’Association des Paralysés de France).

I think all I have to do now is put on the top and wait for some warmer weather to speed up the composting – and of course, keep turning it with my new brass compost every few days.


19 thoughts on “Help for small gardeners

  1. Janine

    Hi, What a neat tool. I am a bit fanatical when it comes to composting. I have five bins on the go. I do not have enough brown from my small garden so in the Fall take to raking up leaves from outside a large apartment complex that has small leaf maples along the roadway. With those I fill a huge wire basket created and pegged into the soil. I use it to layer my compost, top dress the vegetable and espalier beds etc. I also bring up dried seaweed from in front of my house and in the spring collect crab shells that the crabs have shed (no crabs harmed in the making ) and crush them into a powder. On occasion a horse will walk by my front gate and leave a gift for me in the form of fresh manure that I stir into the newest compost bin. I also ask the coffee shop for their grinds and filters.
    Yesterday I picked up ten bags of well rotted manure from an organic cattle farm. ….. I think you can guess what I really enjoy receiving for my birthday…. yes, a load of mushroom manure or similar.

    So hurrah for any tool that will make it easier!
    Thanks for posting, always enjoy reading and seeing what you are up to …. particularly about your bees.
    Regards Janine
    South of Vancouver BC Canada
    Actually 11C today. … but so wet!


    1. You are a serious composter! Your soil must be great. I don’t have a good access to any quantity of seaweed, perhaps I should look harder as we are not far from the sea. Luckily we have a friend with a horse but I usually keep that separate for a year as it is too much for the boxes at one time. I think perhaps it is not having access to sources of compost that is important, it is using more imagination as you have done. Amelia


    1. It certainly works and after such a lot of rain I was surprised how the layers of dead leaves had protected pockets of the compost from becoming moist. Hopefully, this mixing will speed up the compost formation, especially as the external temperature rises. I will keep you updated. Amelia

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    1. Amazon France markets it over here through an intermediary company. As you saw in the video, it was a private invention and so has no marketing team behind it. By the way, I have now discovered what I possess is a compost auger. I love new words. I’ll try it on Kourosh first. “Pass me my compost auger, dear.” 🙂 Amelia

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    1. I think it could be down to bad luck. I visited an ecological garden near Cognac that composted (among other things) all the waste including food waste from a hotel with a restaurant. I was a bit shocked but I was assured that they never had problems with vermin. The compost generates warmth and makes a tempting nesting place. Make sure you turn your new bin. Amelia


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