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How to Use a Compost Tumbler

Composting is a great way to reduce your environmental impact and help create nutrient-rich soil for your garden. If you’re looking for an easy way to get started, a compost tumbler might be right for you!

This helpful tool can make the process of composting much easier – all you have to do is turn it occasionally and the mix of green matter, brown matter, and moisture will work together to create compost. 

Keep reading to learn more about how to use a compost tumbler!

Add the Right Ingredients

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When it comes to composting, green and brown materials are essential. Green materials are high in nitrogen and help break down organic matter quickly, this include grass clippings, fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, and tea bags. Brown materials are high in carbon and help to add structure and bulk to the compost. Materials for brown compost include dead leaves, twigs, and paper.

Without them, the composting process can stall or even fail. That’s why it’s important to have a mix of both when starting a compost pile or bin.

If you’re not sure what ratio of green to brown materials to use, a good rule of thumb is two parts brown to one part green. Once you have your compost pile or bin started, add new materials regularly and turn the contents frequently to aerate and speed up the decomposition process.

With a little care and attention, you can have rich, nutrient-dense compost for your garden in no time!

Add Water

Watering Your Compost
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Your compost needs to be damp but not wet. When you add new materials to the tumbler, give it a quick spray with a hose or watering can.

The composting process helps break down organic matter and provides the moisture that bacteria need to thrive. Without enough water, your compost will be dry and crumbly and won’t provide enough nutrients that your plants need.

So, be sure to add water to your compost tumbler regularly, and your plants will thank you for it!

Tumble It

compost tumbler turner full with green and brown material
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The key to speeding up the decomposition process is to tumble it regularly. Every few days, give the tumbler a good spin so that oxygen can reach all of the materials inside.

Tumbling your compost speeds up the decomposition process and makes it easier to aerate and mix your materials, which results in richer compost.

So, why should you tumble your compost? Here are three reasons:

Tumbling Compost Speeds Up the Decomposition Process

Traditional compost piles can take months or even a year to fully break down. When you tumble your compost, the decomposition process is accelerated. It is because tumbling allows oxygen to reach all parts of the compost pile, which is essential for the decomposition process.

Tumbling Makes It Easier to Aerate and Mix Your Materials

Aeration and mixing are two important aspects of composting but, they can be difficult to do with a traditional compost pile. With a tumbler, aeration and mixing are built into the design, so you don’t have to worry about doing it yourself. This results in more efficient composting and richer compost.

Tumbling Prevents Animals from Getting Into Your Compost

Another advantage of tumbling your compost is that it prevents animals from getting into it. If you have a traditional compost pile, you may have to deal with rodents or other animals digging through it in search of food. But, with a tumbler, your compost is safely contained, so you don’t have to worry about pesky critters getting into it.

Harvest Your Compost

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When the material in your tumbler has turned into rich, dark compost, it’s ready to use! Use it in your garden beds or potted plants, or give some to a friend or neighbor.

Harvesting your compost from your tumbler is easy and fun! Here are some tips on how to do it:

  • Start by removing the lid from your tumbler.
  • Use a garden fork or shovel to scoop out the compost from the tumbler, being careful not to damage the tumbler itself.
  • Spread the compost evenly on your garden beds or in your compost bin.
  • Replace the lid on your tumbler and give it a good spin to aerate the compost inside.
  • Repeat this process every few weeks or as needed.

Start Spinning!

So, there you have it! Everything you need to know to keep your compost tumbler churning out nutrient-rich compost for years to come. Do you have any tips or tricks that we missed? Let us know in the comments below, and share this post with your gardening friends. Happy composting, everyone!