Tumbling Waste into Compost

This year we’ve been enjoying our backyard and getting more and more into gardening. We’ve also been making changes in our home to become more eco friendly. At home composting just seemed like the next logical step to take. Not only does it provide healthy, nutrient rich and balanced compost for the garden, but it is also good for the environment. Although you might think that plant matter and food waste would decompose in the landfill, it is not properly aerated to decompose scraps properly. Instead they generate Methane, which can hold 25 times more heat than carbon dioxide!

Gardener’s Supply Company is our go to source for all things gardening, and after some research we decided on a Dual Batch Composter with wheels. This composter allows you to have two batches of compost going at once. One bin can “cook” while you add fresh materials to the other side. The wheels make it easy to move around the garden if needed.

Gardener's Dual Batch Composter Review

Once it arrived it was simple to put together and get composting. To be honest, the idea of composting was a little intimidating in the beginning but it turns out it is actually quite simple. To begin you fill the bin with brown materials and then layer green materials on top in a ratio of 3 to 1 (brown to green) and sprinkle with water. Repeat the layering until the bin is full and then you can start the tumbling process. Every few days the mixture should be turned a 5-10 times to incorporate fresh oxygen and keep the process active. You may need to add water as well to keep the mixture damp, but not wet, like a well wrung sponge. In 4 to 8 weeks your compost should be ready!

Gardener's Dual Batch Composter Review
Gardener's Dual Batch Composter Review

What are green and brown materials? Below is a helpful list from Gardener’s:

Brown

High-carbon materials

  • corncobs and stalks
  • paper
  • pine needles
  • sawdust or wood shavings
  • straw
  • vegetable stalks
  • dry leaves

Green

High-nitrogen materials

  • coffee grounds
  • eggshells
  • fruit wastes
  • grass clippings
  • feathers or hair
  • fresh leaves
  • seaweed
  • kitchen scraps
  • fresh weeds
  • rotted manure
  • alfalfa meal

Once you have a compost routine it’s very simple to keep up and not a “chore” at all. It feels great to not be throwing away so much waste that contributes to greenhouse gases and it’s exciting to see the progression. It’s an added bonus that we won’t have to purchase compost anymore!

One Comment Add yours

  1. Deborah says:

    this is such a great post to help beginners get started. Thanks for sharing!

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