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BestNest.com Newsletter
September 2, 2008

The BestNest.com Newsletter offers fascinating content on backyard wildlife and outdoor activities as well as information on new products and specials. We will never sell your email address, and you can stop receiving our email newsletter at any time.

IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Sales & Specials
  • New at the Nest
  • Batch & Continuous Composting


Sales & Specials
We've decided to run a special on a handful of products. Act now on the following "Hot Buys" because the special ends on Monday, September 15th.


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Wild Bird Seed Mix, Divine Blend, 50 lbs
BN-MXD-50
Reg:  $69.99
Sale: $59.99 thru 9/15 EST
Free Shipping Over $75



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CobraCo Cast Iron Patio Fire Pit w/ Screen & Cover, 29"L
COB-FB-6200
Reg:  $219.99
Sale: $159.99 thru 9/15 EST
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Dura-Trel Winchester Trellis, 96"
DUR-11174
Reg:  $209.99
Sale: $144.99 thru 9/15 EST
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Heartwood Oct-Avian, Verdigris Copper Roof
HW-035B
Reg:  $199.99
Sale: $174.99 thru 9/15 EST
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Panacea Log Loop, Black, 40"
PAP-15209
Reg:  $37.99
Sale: $32.99 thru 9/15 EST
Free Shipping Over $75




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Panacea Giant Trellis
PAP-89655
Reg:  $64.99
Sale: $57.99 thru 9/15 EST
Free Shipping Over $75



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PlantFurniture Co. Watering Globe & Plant Nanny, Green Swirl
PFC-8108
Reg:  $15.99
Sale: $10.99 thru 9/15 EST
Free Shipping Over $75




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RL Flo-Master Professional Stainless Steel Sprayer, 2 Gal
RLF-112
Reg:  $54.99
Sale: $49.99 thru 9/15 EST
Free Shipping Over $75




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Chameleon Solar Garden Accent Light, Water Lily / Tree
STI-6152
Reg:  $24.99
Sale: $19.99 thru 9/15 EST
Free Shipping Over $75


New at the Nest
Our customers are valuable to us. We continually search for new and better ways to serve our customers. In an effort to better meet your needs as a customer, BestNest aggressively adds new products to the website. Some of the new and exciting products that we've added are shown below. Be sure to check out our New Items department regularly.



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Bonide Weed Beater Plus Crabgrass & Broadleaf Killer, 32 oz.
BOP-066
Reg:  $22.99
Now: $20.99
Free Shipping Over $75




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Coveside Nesting Wood Chips, Bale
COV-10205
Now: $37.99
Free Shipping Over $75




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Microbe-Lift Spring / Summer Cleaner, 1 lb.
ECL-10XSSCX1
Reg:  $29.99
Now: $24.99
Free Shipping Over $75




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EarthWay Precision Garden Seeder with Seed Plates
EWP-1001-B
Reg:  $149.99
Now: $129.99
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EarthWay Wooden Handle High Wheel Cultivator
EWP-6500W
Now: $129.99
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Le Petit Chalet School House Bird Feeder, Red
LPC-1017RWB
Reg:  $39.99
Now: $34.99
Free Shipping Over $75




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Whitehall Day Sailor Sundial, Verdigris, 9.5" dia.
WHP-00505
Reg:  $39.00
Now: $33.15
Free Shipping Over $75




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Whitehall Rose Bird Bath & Pedestal, Verdigris
WHP-00649
Reg:  $84.00
Now: $71.40
Free Shipping Over $75




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Whitehall Tendril Hose Holder, Verdigris
WHP-00921
Reg:  $55.00
Now: $46.75
Free Shipping Over $75




Batch & Continuous Composting
Composting has long been known as a way to reduce waste and enrich the soil in gardens. The process has gained popularity in recent years, with innovations in bins and other materials. In becoming more common, several different types of composting have arisen, and each form has its own proponents. Batch and continuous composting are two of the most popular, and main ways, to reuse your yard scraps. In continuous composting, browns and greens are added to a preexisting compost bin as they are created, and not necessarily on a schedule. In batch composting, the organic material is kept in a pile until there is enough to mostly fill a tumbling compost bin. The compost is then tumbled regularly and no new materials are added. Researching the advantages and disadvantages of each will help you make an informed decision on which type is right for you.

Continuous composting is the most common form used by the average homeowner. This system requires a compost bin, usually with a harvest door at the bottom for retrieval of the finished product. To the top of bin, alternating layers of greens, such as grass cuttings, fresh leaves, and fruit and vegetable trimmings, and browns, like dead leaves, twigs, and stems, are added on a regular basis, as they are obtained. This system does not require collecting and saving useable materials, and often requires a smaller space or bin than batching. This pile does require turning regularly, either with a pitchfork or specially designed aerator, and takes anywhere from 6 to 24 months to create a useable product. Mixing the fresh and already decomposed items together can also make the finished compost harder to separate from the unfinished, and retrieval of the compost can be difficult.

Batch composting occurs when the biodegradable greens and browns are collected and placed in a spinning or tumbling composter all at once. This system usually creates compost in as little as 4 to 8 weeks, and does not require as much manual turning. Most of these bins are designed to spin on a stand or axle, or the vessel itself can be manually rolled to aerate the mixture. For individuals or smaller families, collecting enough raw materials to create a sizeable batch can take a large amount of time, and require additional space for piling the items. Greens may also need to be placed in plastic bags or bins prior to use, and can begin to decompose while waiting to enter the bin. Additionally, ensuring the proper ratio of carbon to nitrogen may be more problematic in this type of composting.

Both continuous and batch composting are great ways to reduce and reuse kitchen and yard waste, with a healthy garden as a reward. Each system has returns and drawbacks, as well as its own advocates. Finding the right method for you will help you enjoy the process and minimize your impact on the environment. We have a large line of compost bins and accessories available in our Conmposting Department . For more personal assistance, feel free to call our customer service representatives toll free at 877-562-1818 or internationally at 513-232-4225 from 9 AM to 5 PM Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday.


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Achla Compost Aerator
ACD-CA-01
Reg:  $20.99
Now: $16.99
Free Shipping Over $75



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Achla Tumbling Compost Mixer, Black
ACD-CMP-01
Reg:  $239.99
Now: $209.99
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Achla Spinning Compost Mixer, Black
ACD-CMP-03
Reg:  $229.99
Now: $199.99
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Achla Horizontal Spinning Compost Mixer, Black
ACD-CMP-05
Reg:  $249.99
Now: $219.99
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Achla Kitchen Compost Pail, White
ACD-CP-02
Reg:  $44.99
Now: $34.99
Free Shipping Over $75



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Achla Super Hot Compost Starter
ACD-CS-01
Reg:  $22.99
Now: $19.99
Free Shipping Over $75



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Achla Kitchen Compost Charcoal Filters, Pack of 6
ACD-FLTR-02
Reg:  $7.99
Now: $6.99
Free Shipping Over $75



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Bonide Compost Maker, 1 lb
BOP-677
Now: $8.99
Free Shipping Over $75



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Dura-Trel Compost Bin
DUR-11134
Reg:  $339.99
Now: $259.99
Free Shipping




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