Size Isn’t Everything!!


[This is not my err — erect Filigree!!]

Size Isn’t Everything!!

Season 3 – Autumn/Winter 2019/20

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Years ago, and l do mean, years and years ago, when l was about 15 my father had arranged for me to work for a few weeks with a plumber as his apprentice – it was never going to materialise – as in me being a plumber and or a pipe worker, although ironically l did quite a bit of pipe work later on in my career – but l was too clumsy with plumbing pipes and l was always having accidents … however that aside – the guy l was working with was a family friend – well he actually fancied my mother, and my father only liked him because he was 1] very good at internal pipework [mm] and he was a fellow Irishman [which is ironic again as my father was always saying he was British!] I think it was indeed the third reason and that was he was ‘affordable!’.

One day Mike and l were working and it was a cold day in January,  he was a very good teacher and he was explaining things and something happened with the pipe he had in his hands, it was thin and worn and suddenly it snapped  “Oh dear that’s not good!” He said “At my age Rory, it’s never good to lose a few inches too many!!”  With that he laughed and looked at me still laughing, indeed we were both laughing – at that moment the lady of the house came out and asked what was so funny. Mike said it was inhouse humour and she went back indoors, Mike turned to me again, winked and said “Rory always remember size isn’t everything …. it’s what you do with it that matters!!”

Believe it or not, that’s the basis of this episode of ‘Doin’ The Dirt – Size ISN’T Everything and Less is More whilst More can be Less!

You may recall yesterday’s episode – Composting, NO Silver Bullet But! – which dealt with debunking Myths and came about as a result of Geraldine and l talking about the antiquated residents in our village – trying their best to put stop to the local Parish council trying to create a community compost heap – that would in turn help the flowers of the village. The real reason they didn’t want a compost heap was purely down to it would have to be manned by volunteers and the one thing my village is short of is ‘less talk and more working wind!’ Here , they are snobs and working a compost heap is beneath many of them.


But today’s post is about a conversation l had with Sam yesterday and his questions were: “What composting methods were there for those with limited time and limited space?

Now there are many ways for me to create this post, but it could prove to be too wordy – l don’t mind wordy documents, l am a verbose guy, but not everyone else is – so l think the easiest way to answer this question is to write a little – BUT provide you with quality links that may help those who wish to take things further….

If you have limited time and limited space, then the easiest thing to do is 1] create your own composter or 2] buy a very specific model that meets all your demands with efficiency.

The first link l provide you with is for those looking to make their own with materials they have perhaps lying about easy to hand, or they can purchase quite cheaply.


35 Cheap And Easy DIY Compost Bins That You Can Build This Weekend

Now the link above is an excellent source of top notch information concerning designing and crafting your own containment. When l first began l trialed two methods before finally settling on making a pallet system …


But this is a bulky system and only ideal for those who have the minimum of 8 feet left right in length available, 48″ height and 48″ depth. It was quick to make for a non practical academic like me it was literally 7 pallets secured with cable ties and some posts. The cable ties served as hinges for my doors and the garden posts were there to keep the pallets from falling over. But it was very effective and held roughly 2 tonne of waste content.


You can see how l had the garden posts in this next shot, l used a total of 2 posts per pallet.

However if you are looking for a variety of choices, give it a read.

Prior to the pallet system l was using two commercial varieties which were both effective and ineffective – but only bad because of my specific needs and requirements.


The two above are …. 1] 300 Litre Garden Composter [The Upright Rectangle]  and what l love to call the Doctor Who Dalek 2] The Local council composter pending your requirements they are great composters – providing you only have small demands and even smaller expectations – if you are after more versatility and ease of use, then these two systems are not ideal … but what is?

I now use a different compost system, having recently dismantled my pallet system and replaced them with a more efficient commercial trio of closed composters.


Mine are like this, but this is NOT mine]

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[These are mine]

These are ideal as efficient units – l would also say that at 3 feet x 3 feet x 30″ high they are a good system for both speed and time management and whilst l bought mine, l think that the practical person could easily make this system for an inexpensive amount of money.

But there are many systems on the market today as in 2019, check out the links below…


10 Best Compost Bins in 2019

or for a more comprehensive review…

The 45 Best Composters (2019 Reviews)


What’s more important and one of the biggest questions of all, which we will discuss in another episode – is what do you want to compost for exactly? Identifying that in truth is the first question that needs to be addressed.

With Sam, he wanted a system that was inexpensive and efficient and didn’t require a lot of work – but he wanted more of a solid content compost in consideration to simply liquid fertiliser – he wanted compost for vegetable gardening and production.  He wanted a system that would live outside in comparison to an indoor system. He wants to produce a multi versatile compost that can be used on all aspects of vegetable gardening. He wants/wanted a system that didn’t require a lot of hard work and didn’t need to be turned manually every week/fortnight or month necessarily. So for Sam, these were points of interest.

However, with this episode  we have addressed the two main questions of Sam … the review links provide ample information to his questions – so Sam is happy…

“What composting methods were there for those with limited time and limited space?

BUT, the  main question YOU need to ask yourself – is this

Why should l compost?

If you can answer that and still be happy with the answers – l’ll see you in the next episode…

l’ll take my leave of you now

Thanks for reading everyone, till the next time …

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