78 results for "compost tumbler"

Hot Compost

Traditional: Layers This by now classic method of making a compost pile offers a virtually fool-proof technique for creating fast decomposition, but remember, the idea that it must be built in layers is a myth. The technique consists of filling a bin with layers ...

Apples Compost Bin

Outdoor Methods Piles/ Heaps This is the most common, most familiar composting system around. It's what most people mean when they say they have compost. Most use bins, though some (usually those with plenty of space and not too many raccoons in the vicinity) just ...

Composting Materials

How is it possible for one substance, compost, to have all of the benefits it's credited with having? On the one hand it boosts plant health, improves soil structure, and contains microbes that produce antibiotics. On the other hand, it ...

Home Composting Bin

A compost pile usually stays where it is placed for years, so it's a good idea to place it with some care. If you are building a conventional pile, make sure that it's close enough to the house so that ...

Anaerobic Waste Facility

The Basics If you pile up organic matter, moisten it, and throw a tarp over it to deprive it of oxygen, anaerobic composting will result. Any bin with a tight lid and drainage holes can be used. Even a garbage bag ...

Organic Garden Soil

The earth neither grows old or wears out if it is dunged. - Columella, circa 45 A.D If you want to improve your soil and make it more suitable for your vegetable garden, you first have to figure out what you're ...

Easy Composting

Time or money invested in your garden's soil always brings the best returns: healthy, vigorous plants and great harvests. And when you keep yard waste and kitchen scraps from the landfill you're doubly rewarded. You can buy ready-made, organic compost to get ...

Composting Bin

Enclosed Bins Composting at its most basic. Made of recycled black plastic, so there's nothing to rot or rust. Best For: Growers with limited space. Neat appearance and low cost make this the most popular composter available. Ideal for kitchen scraps and a limited ...

How to Compost

Composting, the practice of making organically rich soil amendments from yard, kitchen and other wastes, requires a number of conditions but is dependent on one thing: the microbes responsible for decomposition. These single-cell organisms, working through strength in numbers, turn ...

Planet Natural has been providing quality natural and organic products for the home, lawn and garden since 1991. Since that time, we've grown right along with the booming interest in organic and natural gardening and today have tens-of-thousands of satisfied ...

Compost Pile Materials

Several myths about backyard composting have become so prevalent that it behooves us to start this section by getting those out of the way. Some of the later instructions will probably use the term "build" and may even refer to layers, ...

Turning Compost Materials

I'm a big fan of composting because it really helps the soil and it helps me recycle household waste and turn it into something useful. Compost improves soil tilth; helps maintain a neutral pH, and allows the soil to hold ...

Learn how to recycle yard clippings and organic table scraps into rich, soil-building compost. Compost is an essential element in organic gardening. Compost is made of decomposed organic matter that can be used to improve the health of garden soil. The ...

Aspergillus fumigatus

Fungus Composting produces a few organisms, particularly a mold called Aspergillus fumigatus (see picture above), which can cause a variety of mostly respiratory diseases grouped under the title Aspergillosis. These can be actual infections, usually in the lungs, or allergic reactions which ...

Water Pollution

"Bacteria are the most nutritionally diverse of all organisms, meaning they can eat almost anything." - The Greater Victoria Composting Education Center. Versions of this sentence pop up on a number of different composting sites, but unlike some claims that circulate ...

Bagged Table Scraps

Environmental Benefits of Composting Some composting benefits are well known: the practice keeps stuff out of landfills, which are rapidly reaching capacity across North America; it promotes healthy plants; and it reduces the use of pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers, many of ...

Mixing a Compost Pile

Turning the Pile Hot piles require aeration because the micro-organisms use up the oxygen in their close quarters fairly quickly. Cool piles also benefit from occasional turning, which will interrupt any anaerobic processes that may be getting under way in the ...

Home Composting

Nitrogen Since most piles are short on nitrogen, not carbon, adding nitrogen will generally help a pile heat up quickly. (If the pile starts smelling like ammonia, you know you've gone too far.) Quick fix nitrogen sources include blood meal, soybean ...

Composting Physics

Particle Size If you've ever read anything about composting, you've read that small particles will compost more quickly than big ones. This is because the micro-organisms that do the work can only get at the outside of a particle. The more ...

Compost Chemistry

Carbon/Nitrogen Ratio Every article, book and website about how to compost contains the information that a carbon/nitrogen ratio of approximately 25:1 or 30:1 is optimal for compost piles. This ratio is one of the key conditions for a successful hot pile. ...

Steaming Compost

1. Grass clippings add necessary nitrogen to a compost pile, but be sure to mix with the "brown" materials that add carbon. Both are necessary for quick decomposition and rich compost. Piles made up of just grass will compact, slow down ...

Composting Work

Composting isn't an exacting science. It happens naturally in our backyard heaps, just as it does on every forest and prairie floor. While maintaining ideal temperatures in a bin or pile takes some attention, the problems that arise when making ...

Good afternoon, I am the science teacher at Pasadena ISD. We are planning to build our community garden. I want to know what type of compost tumbler would work best for our garden. We will be collecting left overs and scraps ...

I'm interested in your compost tumbler. I have a good sized property and as such I need a large capacity tumbler. Any recommendations. My budget is between $100 to $300. Thanks!

Hi Ritu! I'm glad to hear you are looking into composting for the gardens! My recommendation for a good compost tumbler would be the 88 gallon compact one to accommodate the amount of food that will be coming in from the ...

Michelle - A good primer course on composting can be found at our Composting 101 site (https://www.planetnatural.com/composting-101/). Here you’ll find all you need to know about getting started as well as maintaining the process no matter which composting method you’ve ...

I got one of these compost tumblers one year from a friend who was going over seas and wanted me to make compost for him.I stuck all the grass trimmings that the neighbors put out by the curb along with ...

I'm interested in purchasing a new compost bin and have narrowed my selection down to either the Envirocycle or the Back Porch Compost Tumbler. Does anyone have any experience with either of these composters? Which is the best to buy?

Thanks for the suggestions. I ended up going with the Back Porch Compost Tumbler and so far I love it. I'll keep you posted.

I have several types of compost styles. I have so many rolly pollies in my tumbling above-ground compost bin and simple compost pile, as compared to my bins*, which mainly have worms. Is there something I can do to ...

Hi, I am about to start my composting. I need some small advice regarding this. Can we use bokashi buckets for fermenting the food waste and latter transfer the pile into the composting tumbler? Does it works in this way? Need ...

I just received and set up a "Compact CompostTumbler" and was wondering how "fine" plant material, etc should be shredded to be effective? Also, what is a good, reasonably inexpensive way to shred such material? Thanks, Verne

I have the Original ComposTumbler which I purchased here a little over a year ago. While it carries a hefty price tag, I decided on it because of it's large size (I have a big yard). I've been pleased with ...

Hey Gabe - For the size and price you're looking for, I'd recommend The Compost Wizard Tumbler. This model would be the largest size we offer within your desired price range and receives wonderful reviews from customers at our retail store ...

Hello - I just re-read your post and wanted to mention that we recently wrote a Compost Bin Buyer's Guide to help make the selection process a little bit easier. There's a lot to choose from between all the free-standing composters ...

Absolutely! Just make sure that you have some finished compost or soil in the tumbler before you add your fresh bokashi. Bokashi is a two stage process. The first stage is to bokashi/ferment your food waste. The second ...