Compost Tumblers, Garden Backyard Composters, Barrels and Bins
Compost is a great way to enrich garden soil. Experienced gardeners know
garden soil needs to be replenished on a regular basis. Gardeners can make
this free organic fertilizer, right in their own backyard.
Some gardeners create a composting heap, piling up yard waste and kitchen
waste. While reaping a healthy, rich soil, a composting pile has drawbacks.
This passive composting process can be painstakingly slow, unsightly, messy
and often smelly. It can also attract and harbor unwanted pests.
More and more gardeners use attractive, garden composters. A garden composter
turns yard waste, into rich compost much faster than an untended pile.
How fast, you ask? An untended compost pile can take a year of more to decompose.
Under ideal conditions, a compost tumbler can do the job in as little as
A composter pays for itself, quickly producing rich, valuable soil. Some
models also produce compost tea, a great,
organic liquid fertilizer.
"Go Green" Movement:
Schools, businesses and government agencies buy composters, too. Schools
use them in teaching environments and in cafeterias. Restaurants are using
composters to process waste into rich, valuable soil. Even businesses are
now using composters, because it is the right environmental thing to do.
We encourage you to promote composting efforts in your local schools, restaurants
and businesses. Let them know it is important to you. Sometimes, all it takes
to get a business to begin composting, is to let them know it important to
you, their customer.
Composter Reviews: Composters come in all shapes, styles, and sizes.
To help you in deciding upon what style of composter is best for your needs,
let's review the major types of backyard garden composters, and their benefits.
Compost Tumblers and Compost Barrels
A Compost Tumbler, also called Tumbling Composters, are the most popular
style of composters on the market. They are attractive in your backyard or
garden. They convert yard waste into finished compost, much more quickly
than compost bins and barrels.
Compost tumblers and barrels are designed to roll, or turn, mixing plant
waste materials, to speed up decomposition.
Did You Know? Under the right conditions, tumbling composters can
convert plant waste to rich compost in as little as 14 days!
The most popular models are black, green, and brown. Black composters are
popular in northern climates, where the weather is not as warm. Black absorbs
more heat, to help speed up decomposition. If you live in the southern
areas of the U.S., and the composter is to be located in a sunny area, black
composters might get a little too hot in mid-summer months. Green is a great
color in the south,. It blends in with the environment, and does not absorb
as much heat.
Compact Compost Tumbler - This is one of the two most popular
compost tumblers on the market. The Original Compost Tumbler is the other.
This Compact Compost Tumbler (Also called Compact ComposTumbler) makes
fast work of kitchen waste, along with yard and garden organic materials.
Compact Compost Tumbler quickly recycles organic materials into nutrient-rich
These models are attractive, high quality and very long lasting.
This tumbler produces a 9.5 bushels (approx. 11.8 cups.ft.) of compost, in
as little as two weeks (ideal conditions).
Other popular tumblers from this manufacturer includes: Twin Barrel
Compost Tumbler 2, Original Compost Tumbler, and the Back Porch Composter.
The Back Porch composter is on wheels for portability.
More information on these composters
Jora Composter - Both Jora composters have dual bins, allowing
you to fill one side with raw materials, as the other one is in the finishing
stages of composting. The composters are insulated, to provide a higher,
decomposition temperatures. The smaller composter is the only one on the
market, that is wall-mounted.
Sun Mar Composter - This unique composter produces a continuous flow
of finished compost. Your don't have to wait for an entire batch to be complete.
Add material by sliding the input door open. Rotate the drum to mix and aerate
the materials. Finished compost is removed, by opening the output port, rotating
the drum and allowing compost to fall from the inner drum into a basket or
Models include: Sunmar 200 Composter
Bins are a passive composting method. Composting bins sit directly on the
ground. Bins usually do not have a bottom. They do not turn or move. The
compost material sits in the bin, slowly decomposing over time. Use a shovel
or pitchfork, to occasionally stir and turn the materials. Some gardeners
will place a screen under the unit, to keep pests from burrowing under the
Because the material is not turned (as often) like a barrel or tumbling
composter, it takes longer to convert yard waste into rich, nutrient-laden
Soil Saver - This is one of the more popular "bin" style composters.
Open the lid and add materials. As the material decomposes, the finished
product is on the bottom. A convenient door at the bottom of this unit is
opened to allow you to extract finished compost. The Soil Saver Compost
Bin holds 11.4 cubic feet of raw materials.
Shepherd Compost Bin - If you are looking for a large, very long life
bin, the Shepherd Bin is for you. This bin is manufactured from 12 gauge,
corrosion resistant PVC coated welded wire. It holds a big, big 30 cubic
feet. A "chimney" is built in the middle of the bin. This unique design of
this composter, allows more oxygen to the center of the pile, for faster
The manufacturer offers a limited 22 year warranty! How's that for backing
up your product!?
Made in the USA.
Guarden Compost Bin - It's new on the market, and it's B-I-G!! This
composting bin is for the serious home gardener with a big garden, or for
small farms. Pile up all of your yard and garden waste. It will slowly convert
into valuable, money saving compost. Made of long lasting Vinyl, it is 4'
L X 4' W X 21" H.
Kitchen Compost Containers
We do not recommend Kitchen Composters ( compost containers). Kept inside
the home, kitchen waste attracts insects, and gives off offensive odors.
We strongly recommend removing kitchen wastes immediately to an outdoor
Almost any old bucket will do. A 5-gallon bucket works well.
Compost buckets hold material in a neat and tidy manner. They are good for
making compost for small flower or vegetable gardens. They are small size,
and it is to difficult to turn the materials as they decompose.
We highly recommend a composter with a latch, or a lockable lid, to keep
unwanted pests out.
Composter manufacturers offer composting buckets, at reasonable prices.
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