The Compost Basket is a “zero waste” initiative based on the permacultural best practice of composting the maximum amount of green waste possible. This tool is perfectly adaptable for community use and gardening.
The idea of the Compost Basket originates from the ecologist Iván Gyulai, who developed the Compost Basket in the Organic Farming program at Hungary’s Gömörszőlős Educational Centre. The structure features a woven-basket design and 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 primarily for gardens where there is little room or the soil is not of the highest quality (e.g., contaminated “urban gardens” next to busy roads).
The inner circle, one metre in height, is the compost receptacle itself, while the outer circle, 40 centimetres in height, is the seed bed. Thanks to gravity, the nutrients move nicely from the compost receptacle to the seed bed. This provides continuous nourishment. If we compost high quality material, our vegetables and spice herbs will reward us with speedy growth and an abundant yield.
The composter shown in this picture includes 15 different types of vegetables: two types of tomato, kohlrabi, tarragon,lovage, bear’s garlic, garlic, salad, strawberry, fragaria, curry, lavender, celery, calendula, sage, basil.
The Compost Basket is not just a secure source of nourishment, as a composter it also reduces the quantity of waste by one third.
There are a variety of ways to use the Compost Basket:
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