Sunday, July 2, 2017

Vermitek compost bins & raised garden bed review

HOLD UP! Don’t throw those food scraps away! Grab yourself a Compost bin/pail!  A compost pail is used to collect kitchen scraps before transferring them into your compost bucket.

Vermitek sent me a Stainless Steel Compost Pail

It is beautiful on your counter and will match all your appliances. The lid is the important piece because it contains activated carbon filters in the vented lid for odor removal.  Additional sets of filters are included for replacement. You will need to replace as you start smelling your scraps in the bin. This compost pail features a fluted, polished stainless steel body and a satin-finished lid to create a product that also is durable (it does not rust the way many other brands of steel buckets would). Another feature is the heavy handle that makes it easy to carry the contents to your main compost bin. This compost pail is dish-washable. This unit uses compost pail filters (large)-- available at their store. The capacity of this model is 1 gallon and is 7”

This is probably my favorite even though its only ¾ gallon. It is Environmentally designed, and is a green way to store daily kitchen scraps. We only have 3 people in our house, but I managed to fill this baby up in 2 days. Luckily we have a Vermitek bokashi composter in the garage. The exterior is made with real bamboo, and the inside lined with smooth plastic.  This model also has a replaceable charcoal filter. This model is 7”diameter, and 8” height and weighs 2 pounds.  This unit uses compost pail filters (large)-- available at their store.


We live in the ‘burbs which means we have no control of what our neighbors use in their yards. We cannot rely on using organic soil and non gmo plants because we have runoff into our yard. I am VERY excited for this raised garden bed. Being in suburbia, we try to grow our own (fairly successfully) garden in large garden pots. This helps insure our food isn’t contaminated by chemicals from the neighbors who don’t have the same view as we do. We have taken this raised garden bed and lined it with material from Amazon. We then filled with Organic soil, and planted our veggies.
One reason I love Vermitek is they used 100% recycled plastic for their raised garden beds. These are great for a small plot of veggies. You can customize the shape of your garden to fit your area as well. Raised garden beds are supposed to keep pathway weeds from your garden soil, help prevent soil compaction, provides necessary drainage and can be a barrier to pests such as slugs and snails.
The sides of the beds keep garden soil from being eroded or washed away during heavy rainfall. Raised garden beds allow a longer growing season. You can plant earlier in the season because the soil is warmer and better drained when it is above ground level.

Another plus (because we aren’t young),  raised garden beds also reduce back strain when bending over to tend to the garden. Raised garden beds do not have bottoms and are open to the ground. What I found out is this offers the benefit of permitting plant roots to go further into the ground for available nutrients if needed.

Check out my previous review of their worm farm, and bokashi composter too! 

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