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Your Guide To Buying a Compost Tumbler

By Yehudah Posnick

    People who do organic gardening will have to do more than just water their plants if they want good results. They will also have to make sure that the soil has the nutrients that the plants need for proper growth. You might want to add your own fertilizer. But a compost tumbler is a good way to provide your plants with a good source of nutrients. It's more than just a compost bin: The tumbler helps you mix the compost around, so that it breaks down more quickly and evenly. At the same time, it will reduce the waste in the home, by being able to find another use for all the organic waste that piles up. Some are on wheels, designed to allow you to distribute the compost throughout your garden. Here is a guide to some of the best compost tumblers on the market. 

    • Single Chamber Composter: This will prepare only one batch of compost at any one time. It can take from 1 to 12 months for the compost to decompose to the extent that you can use it for gardening. The compost material has to decay to the extent that you can't recognize what the original material was anymore. The amount of time depends on the your climate and if you add anything to the compost pile to speed up the decay. (There are electric compost appliances that heat the compost to make it break down more quickly.) The advantage of a single chamber composter is that you can have a bigger capacity of compost.

    • Double Chamber Composter: This can help you prepare two batches of compost at once—one can be ready a few months after the other. But you'll have to sacrifice the size: each chamber will only hold around 40 gallons.

    • Color of the composter: If the composter is a dark color, and you leave it outdoors, it will absorb sunlight more efficiently. The extra heat will help the food scraps decompose more quickly.

    • Assembly—Some compost tumblers require a minimum of construction. The Yimby Tumbler Composter is supposed to take around an hour to assemble. The Good Ideas Composter is ready to use, without any construction at all (but it is almost twice the price of the Yimby).

    • Temperature: It's ideal that the composter is in a sunny area most of the day. The temperature inside the bin should be between 110–160 degrees F (43-71 degrees Celsius). If you live in a cold climate, that means that an outdoor compost container might not be very effective in the winter months. (Some even said that the compost bin would freeze shut in the winter.)

    • Rotates easily: A compost tumbler is efficient if can rotate the compost, to speed up the decomposition. Look for handles and a mechanism to allow you to flip the compost around easily.

    • Dimensions: Some compost tumblers have their dimensions given in gallons, while some are in cubic feet. The conversion is 0.134 cubic feet per gallon. It's recommended that a compost bin be no smaller than 9 cubic feet (67 gallons), and no larger than 25 cubic feet (186 gallons). If you just have a few houseplants, it might be enough to have a compost bin that is small enough to fit in your kitchen. There are small compost bins, as big as ¾ of a gallon (12 cups).

    • Aeration: What makes the composter “work” are the microbes that break down the organic material. These bacteria require moisture and oxygen. So it's important that you aerate the compost from time to time, by rotating the bin. It's recommended to rotate the bin once a week. Some bins have holes, to allow air to go in.

    • Ratio of compost: What you put in the compost bin is divided between brown and green waste. Brown waste is rich in carbon, whereas green waste is rich in nitrogen. The compost should be 2/3 brown stuff, and 1/3 green. Brown stuff includes: wood chips, wood ashes, cardboard, newspaper, sawdust and leaves. Green waste includes: egg shells, coffee grounds, vegetable waste, grass clippings, tea leaves, and weeds. If the compost is too dry, add more green ingredients or water. If it's too wet, add brown ingredients. (Adding too much water and being too wet will tend to kill off bacteria instead of helping them grow and break down the food waste.)

    • What not to add: Inorganic material like plastic and glass should not be put in a compost bin. Oils and proteins (like meat, fish, dairy products) should also be avoided.

    OXO-- was established in 1990 by Sam Farber in New York, NY, as a manufacturer of ergonomic kitchen and gardening tools, and home products. Today they have over 1000 different products, on the philosophy of Universal Design: designing products that are usable by as many people as possible.

    Yimby-- is an acronym for the words, "Yes In My Back Yard". They make a line of home and garden products, using recycled materials, that help promote responsibility to the environment, sustainability, and well-being.

    Good Ideas—is a company based in Lake City, Pennsylvania. They specialize in gardening products for recycling, landscaping, water conservation and waste handling.

    Envirocycle-- was founded in 1991. They are pioneers in home compost tumblers. Their motto is "Fill the land, not the landfill". Their products provide a means of recycling organic waste back into the environment to help plants grow. They are located in Magog, Quebec, Canada.


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