General

Rain Harvesting

Composting

General
What are Good Ideas products made of?
We make nearly all of our own products using LLDPE or Polyethylene. Some of our accessory items are made of metal or other organic materials. If you have a question about a specific product, check the product page on our site for more information.

Where are Good Ideas products made?
Virtually all of the products made by Good Ideas are produced right here in Lake City, PA which is very close to Erie. Some of our products are imported, such as our Compost Fiber (Coco Coir) which comes from a coconut farm in Sri Lanka.

Is there BPA (Bisphenol A) in any of your plastic products?
No. None of the parts that Good Ideas produces contains BPA.

What is the warranty for Good Ideas products?
Most products made by Good Ideas have a 1-year limited manufacturer's warranty on parts and labor. See our Terms and Conditions section or look at the individual product page for more information regarding the warranty.

Rain Harvesting
Can I leave my rain barrel out during the winter or cold weather?
You can, however, we strongly recommend that you drain your barrel before temperatures reach freezing. If water freezes in your barrel, it can put stress on the walls. This stress alone is unlikely to do damage to the barrel, however, a strong impact, such as from falling icicles, could cause damage to the barrel when it is in this state and would not be covered by the warranty.

My rain barrel is full but no/very little water is coming out when I turn the spigot on.
This is likely a problem with the spigot, but be certain that the barrel is actually full. First check that the spigot is installed correctly. Also, make sure there are no hoses connected to the spigot. There may be debris caught behind the valve of the spigot, blocking water. You can try to dislodge the blockage by spraying water from a pressurized hose into the spigot. If this doesn't work, try removing the spigot. If the water flows freely, then there is debris lodged inside, or the valve seal may be fault. However, if water does not flow out after removing the spigot, there may be a much larger blockage or you may have a defective barrel. If it is the latter, contact our customer service department for further instruction.

Can I use a hose with my rain barrel?
You may, however, do not expect pressures to be similar to that of a hose used from your home hookups. The pressure there is typically 30 PSI or greater where as a rain barrel produces little more than 1 PSI when full. In any case, you can use our special soaker hose which is designed to work with low pressure applications and will constantly water nearby plants.

How can I increase the pressure of my rain barrel?
Either install an electric pump or raise the barrel higher off the ground. This is true for all rain barrels

How do I connect my downspout to my rain barrel?
Simply follow the instructions included with your rain barrel. If you did not receive instructions, look on the product page for the product you purchased for a PDF, digital download of the instructions or contact customer service for further assistance.

How does the overflow work on my rain barrel?
This depends entirely on the model you purchased from us. However, there are typically two types: Screened/hole overflow and diverter channel. The first is simply a hole at the top of the barrel the allows excess water to flow out the front of the barrel. The diverter channel takes water as it overflows through the debris screen and diverts it to the front of the barrel and away from the foundation.

How can I seal my barrel so I can connect my downspout diverter?
This is an advanced DIY process but can be accomplished using a small piece of plastic and a 2-part epoxy that is compatible with Polyethylene. Silicone caulking will not suffice. Notice that performing custom work on your rain barrel may void your warranty and you should proceed with caution as this method is not endorsed by Good Ideas. First, find a small piece of plastic that will cover the hole at the top of your rain barrel. This can be made of polystyrene or another type of plastic, preferably Polyethylene. Then use the epoxy to attach the plastic to the rain barrel over the hole. Be sure to follow the epoxy label instructions carefully. Once completed, drill a hole that will accommodate your downspout diverter's hookup equipment. You will need to determine the size/shape based on the diverter provider's instructions. If you are using a Good Ideas rain barrel that features a connection node on the back for linking, you can alternately drill out the node using a 3/8 drill bit. You may then slide a connecting tube over the node and secure with an adjustable clamp.

Will my rain barrel get algae if water stands in it too long? If so, how do I get rid of it?
We have rarely had complaints of algae in our rain barrels, however it occasionally happens, and is more likely to occur with lighter colored barrels. If you notice algae developing in your rain barrel, drain the barrel until it is nearly empty (water is a few inches above the spigot level) then add 2 oz of laundry bleach. Wait for a few hours to let the bleach work. Then fill the barrel with water and drain completely. You may also rinse the barrel using a hose to ensure the bleach is diluted.

Is my rain water potable?
No. If you wish to use your rain water as drinking water, it must be treated first.

My rain barrel has a planter top. How do I plant it?
The planter top is basically the same as any other planter and the way you plant it may be determined by what you're planting. In general, we suggest laying down a layer of small gravel or rocks to help with drainage, followed by sand or coco fiber (a peat moss replacement) and then a growing medium of some kind such as top soil or potting mix. If you want to maximize the amount of soil in the space for roots and don't want rocks or other soil amendments, simply pack some rocks or gravels against the drainage hole(s) and fill the remaining area with soil. This way, loose soil won't clog the drainage and keep the roots from flooding. We also suggest using plants that like a lot of water, particularly if you're in a moist or moderate climate (arid climates have less to worry about). And if you decide not to plant anything, it's advisable to fill the planter area with decorative stones. This will prevent standing water in case the drain holes are blocked in any way. And it looks great too.

Composting
What is compost tea?
Compost tea is simply compost that is added to water. Typically this is made by taking a handful of compost and placing in a 5 gallon bucket that is nearly full with fresh, chemical-free water and then aerated for a few days with a fish pump.

Can I compost in the winter?
Yes, however, your composting will be much slower. You can try to make it compost faster by keeping more sunlight on the composter (if available), keeping the unit in a heated area (such as a garage) or covering the composter with thick fabric such as a horse blanket. If your compost batch does not start up again in warmer weather, your aerobic bacteria may be all but dead and you'll need to start a new batch.

What can I put in my composter?
Most organic materials can be placed in your composter. Each composter product page has information on specific items that can be added. You should never add toxic or chemically hazardous materials, protein rich compounds (meat or feces from meat-eating animals, bones, etc), diapers, synthetics (plastic, metal, glass), paper printed with ink with lead, or weeds that have gone to seed.

My compost is too wet or a solid mass. What should I do?
You've added much more nitrogen than carbon. You'll need to break up the mass and/or add some carbon rich items, such as sawdust or dry leaves and grass.

My compost is too dry. Can I add water?
You can, however, this is usually a sign that there isn't enough nitrogen in your mix. Try adding some fruit and vegetable scraps to the mix. Remember, water may work as a bandaid, but aerobic bacteria work better when they have the right balance of nitrogen and carbon.

How often should I turn my compost tumbler?
Once a week but more often is even better.

There are maggots in my compost, what should I do?
This usually means that you added some type of meat or dairy product and attracted flies to the anaerobic bacteria that ensued. Maggots or grubs are not harmful or damaging to the compost. In fact, they are probably helping to get rid of the anaerobic materials. But you are likely to have flies once they metamorphose. If you can't stand to have these critters near your compost, try to dry the pile out a bit with dry top soil or blood meal. Be careful with what you add as you do not want to harm the beneficial bacteria in the mix.

What is the difference between batch composting/tumbling composters and continuous composting/standing bin composter?
Batch composters are typically tumblers and allow you to compost quickly by aerating the entire batch at once. The downside is that once you have started your batch, you can not add more material unless you want to reset the clock on composting time. Bin composting uses a freestanding bin or even just a pile. This style just lets gravity and nature do the work. It is slower however and you'll need to aerate the pile manually with a rake or aerator to get even aeration. Many people are finding great benefits of combining the two methods together. They will use standing bins to store material in bulk. Then they can use some of the partially composted material in their tumblers for fast compost when they need it.

How much can my composter hold? When should I stop adding material?
This depends on the total capacity of the composter but you should not exceed 3/4 the full capacity of any composter. If you do, you will cut off oxygen supply and have a large mass of uncompostable material. Yuk.


Products

Rain Barrels

Impressions Amphora 50 Gallon Rain Saver

Impressions Amphora 50 Gallon Rain Saver Impressions Amphora 50 Gallon Rain Saver

Impressions Amphora 50 Gallon Rain Saver

Impressions Capri 50 Gallon Rain Saver

Impressions Capri 50 Gallon Rain Saver Impressions Capri 50 Gallon Rain Saver

Impressions Capri 50 Gallon Rain Saver

Rain Wizard 65

Rain Wizard 65 65 gallon rain barrel

65 gallon rain barrel

Rain Wizard 65 Darkened Ribs

Rain Wizard 65 Darkened Ribs 65 gallon rain barrel

65 gallon rain barrel

Rain Wizard Urn 50

Rain Wizard Urn 50 50 gallon Grecian rain barrel

50 gallon Grecian rain barrel

Savannah Elevated Garden Rain Saver

Savannah Elevated Garden Rain Saver 50 gallon planter rain barrel

50 gallon planter rain barrel

Impressions Reflections 50 Gallon Rain Saver

Impressions Reflections 50 Gallon Rain Saver Impressions Reflections 50 Gallon Rain Saver

Impressions Reflections 50 Gallon Rain Saver

Impressions Downton 50 Gallon Rain Saver

Impressions Downton 50 Gallon Rain Saver Impressions Downton 50 Gallon Rain Saver

Impressions Downton 50 Gallon Rain Saver

Impressions Bali 50 Gallon Rain Saver

Impressions Bali 50 Gallon Rain Saver Impressions Bali 50 Gallon Rain Saver

Impressions Bali 50 Gallon Rain Saver

Impressions 50 Gallon Nantucket Rain Saver

Impressions 50 Gallon Nantucket Rain Saver 50 gallon wicker textured rain barrel

50 gallon wicker textured rain barrel

Impressions 50 Gallon Bark Rain Saver

Impressions 50 Gallon Bark Rain Saver 50 gallon bark textured rain barrel

50 gallon bark textured rain barrel

Impressions Palm 65 Gallon Rain Saver

Impressions Palm 65 Gallon Rain Saver 65 gallon palm rain barrel

65 gallon palm rain barrel

Impressions 90 Gallon Bark Rain Saver

Impressions 90 Gallon Bark Rain Saver Impressions 90 Gallon Bark Rain Barrel

Impressions 90 Gallon Bark Rain Barrel

Impressions 50 Gallon Palm Rain Saver

Impressions 50 Gallon Palm Rain Saver Impressions 50 Gallon Palm Rain Saver

Impressions 50 Gallon Palm Rain Saver

Savannah Rain Saver

Savannah Rain Saver Savannah Rain Barrel with planter top

Savannah Rain Barrel with planter top

Rain Wizard 50

Rain Wizard 50 A 50 gallon rain barrel with a classic look

A 50 gallon rain barrel with a classic look

Rain Wizard 300

Rain Wizard 300 300 gallons for the ultimate rain saving rain barrel

300 gallons for the ultimate rain saving rain barrel

Big Blue 55

Big Blue 55 55 gallon recycled rain barrel

55 gallon recycled rain barrel

Compost Wizard Hybrid

Compost Wizard Hybrid 3-in-1 composter, rain barrel, and compost tea maker.

3-in-1 composter, rain barrel, and compost tea maker.

Rain Wizard 50 Stained

Rain Wizard 50 Stained 50 gallon rain barrel with darkened ribs

50 gallon rain barrel with darkened ribs

Rain Wizard Urn 65

Rain Wizard Urn 65 65 gallon urn rain barrel with planter top

65 gallon urn rain barrel with planter top

Rain Wizard Rock

Rain Wizard Rock 42 gallon rock rain barrel

42 gallon rock rain barrel

Rain Wizard 40

Rain Wizard 40 40 gallon faux oak rain barrel

40 gallon faux oak rain barrel

Rain Wizard 40 Stained

Rain Wizard 40 Stained 40 gallon rain barrel with darkened ribs

40 gallon rain barrel with darkened ribs

Composters

Compost Wizard Dueling Tumbler Starter Kit

Compost Wizard Dueling Tumbler Starter Kit Compost Wizard Dueling Tumbler Starter Kit

Compost Wizard Dueling Tumbler Starter Kit

Compost Wizard Dual Senior Starter Kit

Compost Wizard Dual Senior Starter Kit Compost Wizard Dual Senior Starter Kit

Compost Wizard Dual Senior Starter Kit

Compost Wizard Eco Tumbler

Compost Wizard Eco Tumbler 5.7 cubic foot composter

5.7 cubic foot composter

Compost Wizard Downton

Compost Wizard Downton Compost Wizard Downton

Compost Wizard Downton

Compost Wizard Eco Square

Compost Wizard Eco Square 100 Gallon Compost Bin

100 Gallon Compost Bin

Compost Wizard Dual Senior

Compost Wizard Dual Senior 11 cubic dual batch tumbler

11 cubic dual batch tumbler

Compost Wizard Windsor

Compost Wizard Windsor 50 gallon wicker compost tumbler

50 gallon wicker compost tumbler

Compost Wizard Dueling Tumbler

Compost Wizard Dueling Tumbler Compost Wizard Dueling Tumbler tumbling composter compost bin

Compost Wizard Dueling Tumbler tumbling composter compost bin

Compost Wizard

Compost Wizard 12 cubic foot compost bin tumbler

12 cubic foot compost bin tumbler

Compost Wizard Jr

Compost Wizard Jr 7 cubic foot compost bin tumbler

7 cubic foot compost bin tumbler

Compost Wizard Hybrid

Compost Wizard Hybrid 3-in-1 composter, rain barrel, and compost tea maker.

3-in-1 composter, rain barrel, and compost tea maker.

Soil Machine PRO

Soil Machine PRO 7 cubic foot composter with tea collecting base

7 cubic foot composter with tea collecting base

Compost Wizard Starter Kit

Compost Wizard Starter Kit 7 cubic foot composter with compost accelerator and compost fiber plus bonus kitchen composter

7 cubic foot composter with compost accelerator and compost fiber plus bonus kitchen composter

Compost Wizard Standing Bin

Compost Wizard Standing Bin Enhanced 12 cubic foot compost bin

Enhanced 12 cubic foot compost bin

Planters

Antebellum

Antebellum Antebellum vertical planter

Antebellum vertical planter

Venetian Vertical Garden

Venetian Vertical Garden Vertical garden planter

Vertical garden planter

English Composting Garden

English Composting Garden Stacking vertical garden

Stacking vertical garden

Savannah Lighted Planter

Savannah Lighted Planter Savannah Lighted Planter

Savannah Lighted Planter

Savannah Planter

Savannah Planter One of the only planters you'll find that's durable, attractive, and inexpensive with a plethora of options to choose from.

One of the only planters you'll find that's durable, attractive, and inexpensive with a plethora of options to choose from.

Raised Bed Gardens

Garden Wizard Cascade

Garden Wizard Cascade Tiered raised bed garden

Tiered raised bed garden

Garden Wizard African Keyhole Garden

Garden Wizard African Keyhole Garden African raised bed garden

African raised bed garden

Garden Wizard Elevated Garden Complete

Garden Wizard Elevated Garden Complete Elevated garden planter with greenhouse covers

Elevated garden planter with greenhouse covers

Garden Wizard Elevated Garden

Garden Wizard Elevated Garden The Garden Wizard Elevated Garden

The Garden Wizard Elevated Garden

Garden Wizard RBG Hybrid

Garden Wizard RBG Hybrid Self-watering raised bed garden with a composter attachment

Self-watering raised bed garden with a composter attachment

Storage and Waste Bins

Savannah Urn Storage and Waste Bin

Savannah Urn Storage and Waste Bin Savannah Urn Storage and Waste Bin

Savannah Urn Storage and Waste Bin

Stora Step

Stora Step A multi-purpose storage bin that also gives you a small step up for chores around the house.

A multi-purpose storage bin that also gives you a small step up for chores around the house.

Savannah Column Storage and Waste Bin

Savannah Column Storage and Waste Bin Column shaped outdoor storage and waste bin

Column shaped outdoor storage and waste bin

Pet and Livestock

Groom-Pro Pet Tub Enhanced

Groom-Pro Pet Tub Enhanced The Groom-Pro Pet Tub Grooming and Cleaning Station

The Groom-Pro Pet Tub Grooming and Cleaning Station

Mini Coop - Chicken Coop

Mini Coop - Chicken Coop Chicken Coop by Good Ideas

Chicken Coop by Good Ideas

Aquaponics

Aspen AquaGrow

Aspen AquaGrow Aspen AquaGrow Aquaponics System

Aspen AquaGrow Aquaponics System

Dakota 283 Kennels & Vaults

Badlands Vault Lite

Badlands Vault Lite Heavy duty vehicle storage for guns, ammo and more

Heavy duty vehicle storage for guns, ammo and more

Kennebec Kennel

Kennebec Kennel Kennebec Kennel hunting dog crate

Kennebec Kennel hunting dog crate

Kennebec Kennel NG

Kennebec Kennel NG Kennebec Kennel NG

Kennebec Kennel NG

Kennebec Kennel G3 Large

Kennebec Kennel G3 Large <p>Kennebec Kennel G3 Large</p>

Kennebec Kennel G3 Large

Kennebec Kennel G3 Extra Large

Kennebec Kennel G3 Extra Large The biggest kennel we've got

The biggest kennel we've got

Kennel Accessories

Kennel Accessories Accessories for kennels, vaults and other products

Accessories for kennels, vaults and other products

Badlands Vault

Badlands Vault Heavy duty vehicle storage for guns, ammo and more

Heavy duty vehicle storage for guns, ammo and more

Dine N Dash

Dine N Dash Traveling Pet Food and Water Station

Traveling Pet Food and Water Station

Landscaping

Garden Wizard 2 Foot Stone Border

Garden Wizard 2 Foot Stone Border Artificial stone landscape border

Artificial stone landscape border

Garden Wizard 2 Foot Landscape Border

Garden Wizard 2 Foot Landscape Border Self-watering edging border

Self-watering edging border

Garden Wizard Rotolla

Garden Wizard Rotolla In-ground watering pot

In-ground watering pot

Oasis Timber

Oasis Timber Garden Hose Tap

Garden Hose Tap

Garden Wizard Tree Bag

Garden Wizard Tree Bag Garden Wizard Tree Bag

Garden Wizard Tree Bag

Oasis Garden Hose Tap

Oasis Garden Hose Tap Oasis Garden Hose Tap

Oasis Garden Hose Tap

Luna Stepping Stones

Luna Stepping Stones Natural looking pavers that glow in the dark

Natural looking pavers that glow in the dark

Garden Wizard Stone Border

Garden Wizard Stone Border Garden Wizard Stone Border and landscaping wall

Garden Wizard Stone Border and landscaping wall

Garden Wizard Landscape Border

Garden Wizard Landscape Border 4' long self-watering landscape border sections

4' long self-watering landscape border sections

Garden Wizard Border Finish Kit

Garden Wizard Border Finish Kit 4' long landscape border sections with the ability to self-water

4' long landscape border sections with the ability to self-water

Replacement Parts

Rain Barrel Screens

Rain Barrel Screens Various replacement screens for our rain barrels

Various replacement screens for our rain barrels

Spigot

Spigot 3/4 inch spigot used on all Good Ideas rain barrels

3/4 inch spigot used on all Good Ideas rain barrels

Compost Wizard Bases

Compost Wizard Bases Bases for various Compost Wizard bins

Bases for various Compost Wizard bins

Compost Wizard Wheel Kits

Compost Wizard Wheel Kits Bolt, nut and 2 inch wheel for various Compost Wizard bases

Bolt, nut and 2 inch wheel for various Compost Wizard bases

Compost Wizard Lid

Compost Wizard Lid Replacement Lids for various Compost Wizard Tumblers

Replacement Lids for various Compost Wizard Tumblers