Compost Tumbler: Compost in 14 days

I recently bought a new compost tumbler: the actual Compostumbler.  I have wanted one of these for the longest time and I had never taken the plunge.  Now I am the proud owner of a Compact Compost Tumbler.  It took about an hour and a half to put together.  I hired a handy man.  He said it came with good instructions, plenty of extra screws and things and it was actually easy to put together.  It took about an hour and a half.

I am quite surprised byCompost Tumbler: Compost in 14 days the size of the tumbler.  It holds 9.5 bushels or three 30 gallon trash bags.  It is hard to actually visualize how much space 3 black trash bags full of kitchen scraps and some kind of browns takes up.  I have already dumped a lot of stuff in there and you can feel that it is somewhat heavy when you turn it.  But there is room for a lot more.  I almost need help from some neighbors to fill it up.

The claim is that you can make compost in 14 days.  There are some qualifications to that claim that you learn about after you read the directions.

  1. First they say that the kitchen scraps should be cut into small pieces and any browns that you would use should also be in small pieces.  For instance, leaves should be shredded so that they can decompose faster.
  2. The correct mix of greens and browns should be used.  See my post on Using Greens and Browns in Composting.
  3. The Compostumbler needs to be full.  It needs that much volume to create the heat for the best environment for composting.  Composting still works without the heat, it just takes longer.

So in my situation I am not going to get compost in 14 days because I am not cutting up my kitchen scraps into small pieces though I do shred my leaves.  It also is going to take some time to fill it up so that will delay the process.

In order to compost with the least bit of bother this  is a real star!!  You don’t have to worry about turning your compost pile.  The tumbler turns quite easily and it is really a pleasure to go out and turn it knowing that the compost is getting aerated.  It sure beats turning a compost pile for me, though I am sure it is good exercise and very satisfying to watch the compost progressing for those of you who do turn compost piles.  It also can create compost quickly because it can be turned so often creating lots of aeration.  You don’t have to worry about animal pests getting into your compost because it is off the ground and inaccessible.  It really presents a win-win situation for the beginning composter who wants to go green and start composting.