Compost Basket

Less waste, good soil and one's own food!

Compost and planter in one

The idea of the Compost Basket originates from the ecologist Iván Gyulai, who developed the Compost Basket in the Organic Farming programme of the Gömörszőlős Educational Centre. The Permaculture structure with a woven basket design is equally suitable for the composting of kitchen and garden greens. It is also perfectly suitable for raised beds and cold frames!

Its application is recommended first of all in those gardens where there is little room or the soil is not of the highest quality - possibly contaminated (for example, “urban gardens” next to busy roads).

The inner circle, 1 metre in height, is the compost receptacle itself, while the outer circle, 40 centimetres in height, is the seed bed. The nutrients move nicely from the composter to the seed bed, thanks to the effect of gravity. This provides nourishment on a continuous basis. If we compost good quality stuff, our vegetables and spice herbs will reward us with speedy growth and an abundant yield!

The composter that we can see in the picture shows us 15 different examples of vegetables: two types of tomato, kohlrabi, tarragon, lovage, bear’s garlic, garlic, salad, strawberry, fragaria, curry, lavender, celery, calendula, sage, basil.

Our Compost Basket is not just a secure source of nourishment, as a composter it also reduces the quantity of waste we throw away by one third!

We can use it according to need:

1) The Compost Basket, as a planter
As a planter, it is very good for those kinds of plants that like to hang, and for whom it is not advantageous if their fruits touch the ground. Strawberries and tomatoes really like it there. We also recommend zucchini, peppers, lettuce, kohlrabi, onions, garlic, etc. We can also plant spice herbs there, but since they have less of a need for rich soil, it is suggested to place them next to the basket: lavender, sage, lemon grass, calendula and mint also help to keep away pests.

2) Compost Basket, as a cold frame
In spring we can also use it as a cold frame, in this case, we form a vault out of twigs, which we cover with clear plastic. Here the outer circle has a different filling. We place fresh compost material and fertilizer in the lower area and in the inner circle, to warm it. We recommend the cold frame for every seed, one must only pay attention to occasional ventilation and the necessary humidity.

The Compost Basket seen in the pictures as well as the description here were created by Gergely Hankó.
Pictures: http://kornyezetbarat.hulladekboltermek.hu/kreativ_anyagok/fotogaleria

Instructions  for creating this are available to download

IUCN Commission on Education and Communication’s article about us: Compost Basket: Less waste, good soil & food!

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