Making compost in a dalek, and how to access it, by Charles Dowding

Jeremie Litzler
  • Permaculture
  • Gardening
  • Charles Dowding
  • No Dig
  • Composting
About 2 min

Thanks to Charles Dowding for sharing his wisdom and knowledge! I wrote the following notes watching the video published on Charles Dowding's channel. You can watch it using this YouTube linkopen in new window.

A dalek, from Blackwall manufacturer

Credits: image taken from Charles Dowding's vlog

Making compost is a really useful to do.

See this article to read about Charles's three types of heap, see how they work and the compost they make.

In this vlog, we will review more detail about the plastic model.

When to use one

In small gardens, there may not be space for the 3 bins made of pallets. So, it can be that the plastic model (of about 300 L depending on the model) is your pick.

How to get the compost out

Not from the top obviously, since this is where you put your fresh material.

The one showcased in the vlog has a bottom opening, but it is not always very practical to get compost out.

The bin shouldn't have a bottom, so simply pull up the bin to see the composting progress.

Compost in the making

Credits: image taken from Charles Dowding's vlog

We can see:

  • (1) : that the compost of lacking some water as the edges are quite dry.

  • (2) : but some good compost of already available (in the vlog, Charles mentions it is 3-4 months old).

    Compost is ready

    Credits: image taken from Charles Dowding's vlog

What is the heap by volume

The heapopen in new window by volume should be:

  • 70-80% of fresh green materials
  • 20-30% of woody material, dried leaves, paper and cardboard

Learn more about composting

I am reviewing all the vlogs not only from Charles but also other YouTubers like:

Also, Charles provides a bookopen in new window about his No Dig method, containing much information about composting.