Composting Tumblers: Go Green and Save Money Too


Gardening is a great way to get fresh, healthy vegetables every day and save money, too. Vegetables that come from your own garden can be completely organic, yet healthy and hearty. Composting is the way to go. Turn household and yard scraps into food for your garden. Anyone can do it, and a composting tumbler makes it easy and year-round even in cold climates.

Why Compost?

If organic food is important to you, you don’t want to use chemical fertilizers from your garden store. Not only that, but chemical fertilizers contain nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous and very little else. Although these items are crucial, plants really need many more nutrients than this, and compost provides them.

Any organic material, such as mowed grass from your lawn and food scraps from your kitchen, is turned into rich, nutritious food for your garden with the process of composting. Mixing oxygen, nitrogen, carbon and water into these scraps gradually turns these items into compost. A compost tumbler does this very efficiently, more than any raking could do. Some models claim compost in as little as two weeks, but generally it’s about ten.

Advantages of Compost Tumblers

A compost tumbler’s main advantage is its ease of use. If you’ve seen compost piles or bins, you know they take some work raking and turning them regularly. They can also be a big mess. A compost tumbler, on the other hand, is a container full of compost material. The required turning is done via a handle. A few quick turns daily is all that is needed. It’s quick and clean; you needn’t touch the compost at all!

Other advantages are really more of the elimination of disadvantages of the traditional methods of composting. For example, some areas restrict open compost piles, but enclosed composting is allowed. Where you have close neighbors, they may not appreciate traditional composting, but won’t even notice a compost tumbler. Traditional compost areas are subject to rodents and other scavengers’ disruption, but these pests can’t get into an enclosed compost tumbler.

What to Look For In a Compost Tumbler

It’s best if made out of food grade plastic. Recycled ones can be found. Look at the size and location of the opening. Is it big enough? Is it at a good height for you to shovel ingredients in and out? Is the capacity what you need? Some large models are vertical, rather than horizontal constructions with the opening on an end. This makes it easy to dump in and pour out with the right equipment. Check the sturdiness of the handle and ease of turning.

Some compost tumblers are even advertised to be portable so you can move it to the various parts of your yard where you need it. This could be handy when the weather turns cold. You can move it close to the door so you needn’t take long treks through the snow with your kitchen scraps.

There are four types:

- Crank-operated drums – easiest and most expensive
- Center-axle drums – vertical turning
- Base rolling drums – can be awkward so low to the ground
- Roll-around spheres – you actually roll them around your yard

There’s even a “twin” version with two containers: one that is in process and the other to which you’re currently adding new organic scraps.

If you want fresh and healthy vegetables or flowers growing in your garden, look into compost tumblers. They are neat, clean, odor-free and don’t attract unwanted rodents. They’ll provide the food for your plants and recycle scraps from your yard and kitchen. You’ll have the satisfaction of a greener lifestyle, the benefits of great organic food, and the wonderful taste of the vegetables you nurtured yourself.

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jasonjason – who has written posts on Home Tips Plus.
I'm a father of three, married and a home owner since 2006. I've worked in fixing up homes and rental properties.

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