There are composting worms in the Sun Mar compost tumbler! So not only did I get great compost from this tumbler I also got a bunch of red wigglers. I will add them to my worm bins. I have been using it for 2 seasons now. But now it is not working so well so I am just using my Compostumbler. Though I never found as many worms in the compostumbler!
Creating black gold with my compost tumbler is one of the delights of composting for me. Compost is called “black gold” because it is so good for building up the soil. It is an amazing miracle how you can put all those rotting, stinking vegetables into the composter and they transform into black, crumbly, earthy smelling compost. Of course, it is not just kitchen scraps alone.
Creating Black Gold with My Compost Tumbler by Balancing Greens and Browns
The vegetable scraps have to be balanced with the browns or carbon. I use shredded leaves. Another miracle is when you mix the greens and browns together. The kitchen scraps can smell awful and after you mix them with lots of shredded leaves the smell goes away very quickly and the composting process begins! The compost can also be too wet. When you mix in some browns or carbon the moisture is absorbed.
Second Batch of Compost Was Much Quicker!
My second batch with my compost tumbler finished in 7 weeks instead of 3 1/2 months like the first batch. I am understanding the green and brown process much better. This batch was much hotter. When I removed the door I could see steam coming off, even on a hot summer morning. I could feel the heat. This means the compostumbler was working great.
I Highly Recommend the Compact Compostumbler
I am using the Compact Compost Tumbler. It is so easy to turn, aerating the compost to speed up the process. I got 3 wheelbarrows full of compost this time. It is great to have that much compost to spread around the garden. This is the mid-sized compostumbler.
This composter is well worth the price because it is easy to turn. It produces great compost almost effortlessly without any worry of wildlife visitors. It is very well designed and well made. It can easily handle all the weight of the compost when it is full. The gears are designed so it is easy even for a small person to turn it, even though it is heavy.
Buying a new/used compost tumbler is a decision that many of us face. Craigslist often lists used composters for sale. There are many compost tumblers out there and I have one of the newer ones available–the Sun-Mar 200 (as of Summer 2014 I don’t use it anymore. It stopped sending out the compost.) It is full of the “makings of compost” so I was thinking of buying another one. For years I have been eyeing the Compact Compost Tumbler. It seems that the mid-sized would be best for my needs. Their marketing is great and they say that you can get compost in 14 days. Some of the reviews on Amazon contest that claim. But composting has to have the right mix of greens and browns to work really well. So you don’t know if the people who wrote the reviews created the right mix for making compost in 14 days. II am excited to try out the new Compostumbler.
Some of the reviews on Amazon say that the Compostumbler rusts out easily. I kept thinking about it and was a little scared to try it because of this. So I called the company and they say they have a 5 year full replacement guarantee and that the life of the composter is 7-10 years. Well that guarantee sounds pretty good!
May 8th 2014–Update Compostumbler has been bought by a new company: Mantis. They now offer a 2 year guarantee.
The opportunity came up to buy a used one so I think this will be the perfect time to try a Compostumbler to see how they work! The warranty is not transferable but I can live with that.
The used Compostumbler was already sold so I will be buying a new one.