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This compost bin has a 4 in x 4 in post 1.5 in x 5.5 in reinforced rails and is 3 ft W x 3 ft L x 3 ft H. The PVC will never rot.
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Posted by admin on November 29, 2010
Compost is also known as black gold and it is very essential to any garden and its gardener. A compost pile is a very good thing to have especially if you are an organic gardener. As an organic gardener you can use the compost pile to add rich and organic nutrients into your soil. The compost pile can make a huge difference when it comes to improving your garden soil. Making a compost pile can be quite tedious and very tiring. It can be quite difficult and cumbersome to make. Making it can be very difficult and this is so true especially if you are doing it manually. Turning and flipping the pile manually can be quite tedious and traumatic. Not only is it very laborious but you will also have to deal with terrible smells, bugs, and pests.
When it comes to compost pile requirements the best solution is getting a compost tumbler. A compost tumbler will take care of all your compost needs. Even though compost tumblers tend to cost quite a bit of money they are definitely worth it and they make gardening easier and simpler. They are also easy to use and are eco friendly. There are quite a number of advantages and benefits of using a compost tumbler. The main benefit and advantage of using a compost tumbler is that unlike the traditional compost piles they are much more eco friendly and they occupy much less space. Since they occupy much less space they can be used in small yards and in slightly confined places unlike the traditional ones.
Another major advantage of a compost tumbler is that they keep unwanted pets and animals out of your compost pile. This is very important when it comes to compost. A compost tumbler also greatly reduces the smell and this is huge advantage over the traditional composts. The smell of traditional composts is very bad and it can be quite potent so the reduced smell of the compost tumbler is very welcome. Since compost tumblers come in various sizes they can be used anywhere which makes them ideal for places with patios, small yards, and apartments with small gardens and so forth. Small animals and pets are also not attracted to compost tumblers unlike the traditional composts will be out in the open. Another reason why small pets and animals are not attracted to compost tumblers is because the smell is reduced or totally eliminated.
Knowing how to use a compost tumble is very important and by using it properly you will be able to get the best and maximum compost results in the shortest time possible. You need to make sure that you only place soft items and material in the tumbler, nothing hard or anything difficult to crush. Secondly you need to make sure that you only add organic matter and organic material which will quickly break down. No cabbages, hard stalks or anything else similar to these things should be put inside the tumbler. Only use items that have soft leaves, coffee grounds, grass clippings, and similar items. You must use items that can be easily turned and converted into compost.
Make sure that the contents of the tumbler are soft and moist. They must not be wet or totally dry but moist. Moisture is needed in order to get the best compost results. The final step involves rotating the compost bin on regular basis. This should be done every few days and before long you will have great compost.
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Posted by admin on November 26, 2010
If you are in the market for a compost bin, consider a spinning composter. One of the best spinning composter is the Back Porch Compost Tumbler.
Compost tumblers are easier to use than most other types of bins. The decomposing heap needs to be turning periodically to expedite the decomposition process. A spinning composter easily turns the decomposing pile. What makes the Back Porch Compost Tumbler superior to others?
1. Size. Most bins are large. As such, they can take up quite of bit of yard space. If you have a small property, or if you live in an apartment (with a back porch or a terrace), this could be a problem for you. The Back Porch Compost Tumbler is small and will likely fit into most people’s homes or apartments easier than other units.
2. Mobility. The spinning composter has wheels and a handle. Most bins are fixed in their place and you have to get a wheelbarrow or some other bin to move the compost to its ultimate location. This bin, because of its wheels and handle is easily moved around your property, so you can place it right where you want to use the compost, and empty as much as you need for that location, and then move on to the next location.
3. Capacity. Even though it is compact in size, it can still hold quite a bit of compost. There are several models, each hold at least 37 gallons of compost material.
As you can see, the spinning composter is probably the best choice for you, and the Back Porch Compost Tumbler may be the best of the “heap.”
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Posted by admin on November 23, 2010
As their name implies, compost tumblers function by tumbling the compost materials so as to achieve aeration, aid in decomposition and evenly distribute moisture. As such, composting with the use of tumblers is one of the fastest ways to make finished organic fertilizer. However, before you go buying or building a composite tumbler of your own, it pays to know of some basic things about it. This way, you know what you are getting into especially in relation with compost bins and other alternatives for the use of organic fertilizer like sheet and trench composting.
Choosing Store-Bought Tumblers
There are four basic types of composite tumblers, which you can choose from in gardening supplies stores.
First, center-axle mounted drums have the drum above the ground with a single axle running through its center. To operate, you just manually rotate the drum. You need to look for units with openings at both ends for easier unloading of the finished compost.
Second, rolling drums on a base allow for the collection of compost tea at its base. This time, the barrel is located on top of a base sitting on the ground. You will have to roll the drum to load and unload compost.
Third, rolling spheres are composite tumblers with a difference – these do not have a base. Instead, these are drums that must be rolled around the yard but may also contain flat sides to allow them to stay put.
Fourth and generally considered to be the best, crank-operated rolling drums are driven by gear systems that can be hand cranked. As such, this is the easiest type to operate with the added advantage of easy loading and unloading to a wheelbarrow as well as internal mechanisms that allow for improved mixing action.
If possible, throw in a few dollars more for the crank-operated type since it pays for itself. Keep in mind that it is easier to operate, has larger capacity and lasts longer. Of course, you should always evaluate the pros and cons of the other models since each gardener’s needs and budgets definitely differ from the others.
Building Your Own
Now, if you do not have the money for composite tumblers or if you have the knack for do-it-yourself projects, then building your own is an excellent option.
Look for either a 55-gallon steel drum or a 45-gallon plastic drum, which can be bought from stores or maybe found just lying around in junk shops. If you are using a steel drum, paint it all over with rust-resistant paint.
Drill 1/4 -inch holes in the sides of the drum to allow oxygen to enter. Of course, make a re-sealable opening at one end.
Make two holes in the middle of the drum, one on each side, to allow any rust-resistant metal to be threaded through them.
Erect two poles on the ground such that their distance should be sufficient to place the drum between them with about a foot of clearance on each side. Mount cups on top of these upright poles upon which the drum’s pole will be placed on. Make sure that the clearance between drum and ground is not less than 3 feet.
Mount the drum and place the locks.
With the variety of composite tumblers available, there is simply no excuse not to use them.
Posted by admin on November 10, 2010
About Compost Tumblers and Why They Work So Well
With all of the talk about going green, reducing your carbon footprint and helping to reduce climate change these days, more and more people are looking at the possibility of using compost tumblers in their back yard. I am going to show you some of the benefits of composting here and then look at some of the best methods of creating compost from your kitchen scraps, yard waste, and many other sources.
The benefits creating compost
One of the most prominent reasons to compost is that you are creating a natural fertilizer for your yard and garden. The nutrients from the food waste and yard waste is naturally turned back into the same plant nutrients that you get when you purchase commercial fertilizer from the hardware store, except that the compost form of these nutrients is completely natural and much less harmful to the environment. Why is it less harmful to the environment? Because commercial fertilizers are made from ingredients that require a vast expenditure of energy to produce them. The main nutrients in plant fertilizer are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Most nitrogen production uses natural gas as its base ingredient, and then nitrogen is forced to react with the gas at high temperatures and pressure, requiring lots of energy. Phosphorus and potassium are mined from big open pit mines using heavy machinery requiring massive amounts of diesel fuel for transporting and processing. The traditional end result, sadly, is that food waste and yard waste end up going to the landfill.
How it can save the planet
Imagine for a moment if every household in the United States returned every shred of organic household and yard waste into compost on the spot. Actually this is a little unrealistic because logistics, such as lack of area in around apartment buildings, for example, make it an unlikely prospect. But just imagine if three quarters of all households did this. The benefits would be three fold:
1. Tremendous savings in fuel by not having garbage trucks transport tons of organic matter to the landfill.
2. Tremendous savings in energy by greatly reducing the amount of industrial fertilizers used.
3. Reductions in fuel used for mining, processing and transporting industrial fertilizers.
By composting, you are putting an end to the wasteful one-way stream of energy use and putting nutrients directly back into the soil, for your yard and garden to naturally thrive on. By doing so, you are also saving money on expensive store bought fertilizer. You are moving one more step toward self sufficiency by not needing to go to the store and buy something that can be produced in your back yard. And you are indirectly reducing carbon emissions. The traditional and most common method of composting is to simply pile the material up, say, in a corner of your yard. This will work, but there are many disadvantages, such as odors, a messy looking yard, and unwanted vermin feeding or nesting in the pile. There is a much better, quicker, and cleaner way to create compost. That is with a device known as a compost tumbler. The compost tumbler makes it super easy to create the conditions needed to create compost in quick order. Organic matter such as food waste, fruit peels and grass clippings need air and a modest amount of moisture to decompose properly. The composting process also creates heat, and this heat needs to be distributed evenly for the best results. By turning every few days, the heat is dispersed evenly, and air is introduced into the compost, and the process proceeds much more rapidly. In addition, the compost tumbler saves the back-breaking work of shoveling and turning the compost pile.
Buy or Build your own compost tumbler
There are many forms and sizes of compost tumblers on the market, if you want to get one all set and ready to use. Alternatively, if you are on a limited budget, there are also plans available that show you how to build your own compost tumbler. The key features are a container capable of holding a large enough quantity of material to make it worth your while, a method of turning the container, the ability to keep any openings closed off when the turning takes place, and vents or holes to allow air to circulate through the mass. Aerating the compost mass creates optimal conditions for the efficient breakdown of organic matter into fine particles.
Two are better than one
Once you get started with using a compost tumbler, you will probably find that two units will work much better than one because once you have a batch started you will want to allow it to complete its process before adding any more raw material to it. By having two units, you have the option of adding raw material to the second one while the first one is finishing its cycle. It will also allow you to make compost in a shorter time as little as two weeks under some conditions! Some of the compost tumblers on the market have two sides, which is basically two in one, that allow you to do this.
It’s a lot less work
It’s a lot less work than turning compost piles with a pitchfork, I can tell you from experience. Compost tumblers are way ahead of compost bins or piles, in terms of efficiency. The most important ingredient for creating good compost is oxygen, and when you have a stagnant pile you can’t easily get oxygen into the middle of it. Sure you can turn it, maybe using a pitchfork, maybe using a compost turning gizmo, but quite frankly it can be really hard. When I compost I compost kitchen scraps, leaves, weeds, spent flower stalks, and bush clippings. Some of those things can be a little rigid and deep inside the pile they end up tangled together and they do not want to budge.
It’s becoming mandatory!
No kidding, there are some cities that are now issuing fines for households that don’t compost their kitchen and yard waste. In October 2009 a new city ordinance in San Francisco took affect that mandated people either compost at home using a compost bin or compost tumbler, separate their compostables out of their trash into a separate recycling bin, or face fines. Fines for individuals start at $100, fines for businesses start at $500.
Doing our part
By composting, we are setting a good example, for sure. While it may still seem odd to some people, once it becomes commonplace, more people will be inclined to begin a composting program for their household or business. By actually visualizing the amount of carbon dioxide saved from entering our atmosphere, and doing the math for what it would be like to have 300 million people doing this, we can see just how worthwhile it is for everyone to do their part in reducing energy use and reducing greenhouse gas production. Imagine 6000 garbage trucks, all billowing black smoke into the air, hauling our organic waste to the landfill, while we go and purchase yet another bag of industrially produced lawn fertilizer. Now imagine no garbage trucks, and no black smoke billowing into the air, and the compost tumbler quietly doing its part in making our yard and garden lush and green. See the difference?
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