Get the basics right and life with a Cone at home is simple and convenient.
The Green Cone’s basic needs are:
- A sunny spot
- Well-draining soil (not clay or chalk)
- Accelerator powder to boost digestion
Where shall I put my Green Cone?
All the instructions you need are included in the instruction manual, but here are a few pointers worth remembering.
When thinking about where to place the Cone, as well as finding a sunny spot it’s a good idea to think about how easy it will be to get to in winter months to empty your kitchen caddy.
More than 90% of the waste added to the Cone will be turned into water, which must be able to drain freely away for the unit to work properly.
How do I know if I have good drainage?
If you’re not sure whether your soil has good drainage or not, you can check by doing the following: dig the hole required for the Cone (about 70cm wide by 54cm deep) and pour a bucket of water into it. If the water remains for more than 15 minutes you have poor drainage and will need to enlarge the hole to 90cm wide by 70cm deep. Provide extra drainage by mixing soil from the hole with gravel, stones, or small pieces of broken bricks and pots and placing some of this mix in the base of the hole so that when the assembled Green Cone is added the basket sits 3cm below ground level. Then use the gravel/soil mix to backfill gaps around the Cone until the bottom rim of the green outer cone is fully covered.
How do I look after my Green Cone?
Basic maintenance involves ensuring that the Cone’s green rim always remains below ground level.
In the first few weeks after installation check that soil has not settled and left the green rim exposed. This could also happen after heavy rain. If this is the case, make sure to add additional soil and compact it around the Cone to keep the rim securely underground.
How much waste is too much for the Green Cone?
Remember that food waste should only ever be in the underground basket: never allow waste to build up so that it is above ground level inside the Cone itself.
The Cone is expected to cope with the food waste produced by the average family of four, but this can vary greatly. If you find you regularly have more waste than the Cone can cope with you may need another Cone to cope with all your leftovers.
If you find that in autumn and winter the digestion process has started to slow down and the waste in the basket doesn’t appear to be reducing, simply add a little more accelerator powder.
Why the Green Cone is a bear necessity
The Green Cone was designed by an engineer in Canada to solve the problem of bears pushing over rubbish bins to get to food waste. While bear-proofing may not be on your list of requirements, the Cone is sure to deter local foxes.
If vermin are a problem locally, you can add additional deterrents by hardening the area close to the Cone with bricks or rocks and by positioning the Cone away from fences, woodpiles and bushes.
If pet waste is to be added to the Cone, the unit should not be placed in soil where vegetables are grown or close to any water source. Pet waste should only be added in small amounts and never in bags.
No bags of any kind should ever be added to the Cone as this will hamper the digestion process.
- Read the blog And then there was ‘George’ about one couple’s experience of having a Cone at home.