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How do tumbler compost bins work?

Asked by Clayton Thiel on September 14, 2021

Categories: Home and garden Landscaping


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No need for a pitchfork when you usea compost tumbler. Turning by spinning or cranking keeps the pile fired up by allowing more oxygen to reach the decomposing materials. Done correctly, a rotating bin can cut months from the process — sometimes as little as three weeks! N

How long does it take for compost to break down in a tumbler? Storing Stuff While Batch BakesHardly anyone gets finished compost in two or three weeks. At the two week period the compost might broken down enough to move out of the tumbler and either mulched around your garden or left to cure for a few-months.

How often should I turn my compost? How often you should turn compost depends on a number of factors including size of thepile, green to brown ratio and amount of moisture in the pile. That being said, a good rule of thumb is to turn a compost tumbler every three to four days and the compost pile every three to seven days.

Can you put eggshells in compost? The answer to this is yes, you can. Adding eggshells to compost will help add calcium to the make up of your final compost. This important nutrient helps plants build cell walls. While you don't need to crush eggshells before composting them, doing so will speed up how fast the eggshells break down in thecompost.

Which type of compost bin is best? Here are our choices for thebest compost bins:

  • Best composter overall: FCMP Outdoor IM4000 37 Tumbling Composter.
  • Best rolling compost bin: Envirocycle Tumbler Bin.
  • Best kitchen composter: SCD Probiotics All Season Indoor Composter Kit.
  • Best compost scrap container: Epica Stainless Steel Compost Bin.