The ComposTumbler Has Helped us Create a Very Dark Brown, Earthy Smelling Compost.
The ComposTumbler compost is finished so I decided to take it all out and spread it around plants in my garden. It is very dark brown and has a good earth smell. It is amazing that it can smell like that after all the rotting stuff that went into it.
The Compost is Easy to Harvest
I used the compost tub that I ordered directly from the company to catch the compost. It was very easy to get it out-just keep turning with the door open. Sometimes it missed the compost tub so maybe next time I would use a tarp to catch the finished product. I don’t want to lose any of the precious compost because I missed the tub. The tub got filled up very fast and overflowed so we did it in steps. We ended up getting 4 tubs of compost which fit nicely into 4 black trash bags. They weren’t full though because then they would have been really heavy.
The Process Took Longer Than 14 Days As Advertised
This process took about 3 1/2 months. It took a while to actually fill the tumbler and then we just let the micro-organisms go to work. I wasn’t willing to cut everything into really small pieces to get the 14 day compost. There are several requirements to be able to produce 14 day compost which I didn’t do. I ended up with great compost anyway, it just took longer. My one piece of feedback is that the tumbler is quite large and for a smaller family it will take a while to fill it up so maybe it would be better to purchase the smaller one called the Back Porch ComposTumbler. It also costs less!
My new compostumbler is getting full. The other day I looked in. It was more than 3/4 full. It has been very wet looking so I didn’t think my mix of greens and browns was correct. So I have been adding shredded leaves as the brown material. The leaves are a good addition, mixing in nicely, absorbing some of the wetness. I can feel how much is in there when I rotate it. It feels heavy and I can hear the kerplunk as the material goes around. Even though there is so much in there and it is heavy, the gearing system makes it easy to turn.
I wanted to take a picture of it being so full. So I went out a few days later with my camera in hand and now it looks to be over 1/2 full. The compost is shrinking! I was surprised that the compost had compressed so quickly. It must be working well. That is just the nature of compost. Your pile can be very large and as the compost critters start to work, the pile gets smaller. It is the same in the worm bin. I start off with a worm bin full of moistened newspaper and after a week the pile goes down a little as the worms work the scraps and the newspaper.
When I saw that the compost had shrunk, I thought I would keep adding kitchen scraps to build it up. After thinking about it, I decided that I would like to see a finished product. If I keep adding kitchen scraps then it will prolong the process because all the new food scraps will need to be composted. So I am stopping and letting the process complete itself so I can see the finished compost. I will just add the food scraps to another bin for awhile. I am very excited to see the finished product.
Read more about what kind of compost bin to buy at Compact Compost Tumbler. The picture above is a Compact Compostumbler.
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