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How To Use A Compost Tumbler Or Compost Bin

Directions for composting with our Compost Tumbler / Compost Bin  ‘The Compost Creator’

  1. Place composter in a sunny position – 95˚F – 160˚F (35˚-71˚C). Best range: 122˚-130˚F (50˚-55˚C). 130˚-150˚F (55˚-65˚C) will kill seeds and pathogens, but do not go above these temperatures.
  2. Add compostable materials – Use 1/3 green to 2/3 brown to ensure a good finished product. Add a handful of fresh topsoil to bring in new microbes. Special accelerates may be used but follow manufacturers instructions carefully. Best to fill ‘The Compost Creator“ half way, and definitely not more than 2/3 full, as this reduces aeration and kills important microbes.
  3. Tumble ‘The Compost Creator’ once a week and whenever you add more. The contents should all turn brown, moist and soil-like, and have an earthy smell in about 2-4 weeks ready to put on your plants or vegetables.

Compost problems and solutions

What if your composting doesn’t seem to be working?

  • Could be too full – Remove some material, add some soil and turn several times.
  • Heck temperature – Too cold? Move to a sunnier place or cover barrel with insulating material. Too hot? Move to a cool, shady, breezier area.
  • If nothing works – empty bin and start off again with step 1, mixing old and new materials.

 

Ideal composting materials:

Green – Rich in nitrogen – 1/3rd

  • Bread
  • Cooked food
  • Dairy products
  • Egg shells
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Garden/house plants
  • Grass cuttings
  • Raw meat and bones (sparingly)
  • Tea leaves/bags
  • Coffee grounds
  • Weeds (not any that have gone to seed)

Brown – carbon rich – 2/3rd

  • Bedding from pet cages (rabbits etc)
  • Feathers
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Straw and hay
  • Wood chips and sawdust
  • Dried leaves and grass

IMPORTANT – DO NOT ADD

  • Dog or cat litter or poo
  • Ashes not from wood
  • Nappies, glass, plastic, metal
  • Toxic materials
  • Diseased plants or any gone to seed

Composting tips

Maggots help compost, but indicate it may have wet patches

Breaking material down before adding it will reduce composting time

Don’t add too much meat or grass. It can make the compost too wet and reduce aerobic bacterial growth

Make compost tea – nutritious plant food – add a little compost to 4-8 litres of water

Don’t add paper with lead based inks on it

Avoid repeatedly adding to the same compost batch as this would increase composting time



Some Useful Facts Abouts Recycled Plastic Compost Tumblers

A Recycled Plastic Compost Tumbler "The Compost Creator"Is Recycled Plastic The Ideal Material For Compost bins.

These days compost bins and compost tumblers can be manufactured from recycled plastic. Recycled plastic has huge beneficial properties.

  • Can be made into a number of bespoke designs. These designs can further increase productivity of your composting.
  • Can be pre-packed with easy to assemble instructions, so it can be relocated very easily.
  • The compost heap is enclosed. This allows for good heating and free movement with the tumbler or bin.
  • In bins and tumblers the lids can be securely fastened. Moisture is retained with it very easily. It also helps to keep out rain water when it isn’t needed.
  • Most importantly, recycled plastic is highly resistant, robust and free of maintenance. They can last a lifetime.

Great reasons to buy a compost tumbler.



The Composting Craze!!!
Over the last few years composting has become a big thing, gardeners all over the world have taken up composting for themselves and all playing a part in reducing our need to thow stuff in the rubbish bin.

There are many benefits to your garden growing by using home-made compost, such as:

  • Increased nutrients.
  • Decreases their susceptibility to pests and disease.
  • Water retention is more evenly balanced within the soil.
  • The structure of the soil is improved.

So the first thing to do, is get yourself a compost tumbler or a compost bin. A tumbler is the fastest at producing compost and the usual turnaround with Kedels ‘the dark destoyer’ compost tumbler is about 4-5 weeks. Now what to put in it.

Compost bin / Compost Tumbler 'the dark destroyer'

The Dark Destroyer Compost Tumbler

Good things to add to the compost bin.

  • Garden plant remains
  • Old flowers 
  • Fruit and vegetable leftovers 
  • Nutshells 
  • Coffee and tea grounds 
  • Crushed egg shells 
  • Small branches and twigs
  • Untreated saw dust
  • Grass clippings 
  • Weeds

Avoid adding the following:

  • Pet or human waste
  • Bones
  • Fatty foods
  • Meats
  • Dairy products
  • Thick branches
  • Diseased plants
  • Fish

Make sure you provide the mix with the best possible conditions, so that you get your produce in optimal time.

  1. Rotate the drum daily to aerate the mulch inside the drum.
  2. Add water, moisten but don’t overdo it. Consistency is the key here.  The moisture inside the mix should be around 50%, similar to that of damp clothes.
  3. Add many small manageable sizes of materials (small twigs and not large branches!!)

Composting can be great fun. With a good rotating compost bin, you’ll be making compost in no time.

David Trenbath



Get A Compost Bin!!!
April 22, 2010, 11:29 am
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How many people do you think are putting unwanted organic food waste in the bin, my guess is its a hell of alot. Thats a waste in itself! Get a compost tumbler and give your plants something to eat. Think of how much money you’ll save over the course of a year aswell as trips to the garden centre for that new bag of compost.

Spring is here in case you haven’t noticed. Get your compost bin quick!



Video Of The Dark Destroyer Compost Bin In Action

Compost bins and compost tumblers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. See how easy it is to use ours.



Recycled Plastic Compost Bins (Tumblers) Are The Best To Buy

See below or see here http://www.articlesbase.com/environment-articles/compost-tumblers-made-from-recycled-plastic-are-the-best-1937596.html

Composting is a difficult task, every gardener knows this. It can require alot of work. But if you have a compost tumbler, its a different story.
Years and years ago, before your great great grandfather was a boy, the way in which compost was made was to create small hill like structures. Manual labour was needed to keep churning the pile, turning over and over the rotting recipe trapped inside. The elements played a part, such as the sun and the wind to aerate and heat the pile. But the greater demand came from the interaction of humans themselves, much hard work was required to create the final compost product.

In this day and age, we have better understanding of the process of organic breakdown. The best compost tumblers today do everything for us and simplify it. In a compost tumbler the ingredients are broken down quicker because the flow of air is greater. Decomposition is governed by the amount of aeration inside the compost tumbler. It is also enclosed in a container, trapping heat and inturn, helping the centre of the mixture warm up. Which of course aggravates the breakdown further.

Selecting the correct compost tumbler for you can be confusing, when there are so many on offer. But first think….what type of tumbler do I need? Well that is simple! The best compost tumbler is a rotating compost tumbler, but it doesn’t stop there. A recycled plastic rotating compost tumbler not only provides you with the additional factor of helping the environment, they also hold the same properties as virgin plastic and thats definatley a bonus for the longevity of your purchase.

The use of a recycled plastic compost tumbler is simple. the only thing you need to do is turn it, so many times once a day will suffice. Although this will change slightly, depending upon the compost tumbler you decide to choose. Additional ingredients can also be added to the mixture to further decrease the productivity timescale.

If your keen in making good compost and want to help the environment at the same time, then buy a recycled rotating compost tumbler. Here are some of the main beneficial attributes relating to the modern day compost tumbler.

  • Plastic takes a long time to degrade, buy purchasing the best compost tumbler made from recycled plastic, you are helping to stop unwanted plastic going to waste.
  • Recycled plastic holds the same properties as virgin plastic and is virually resistant to erosion.
  • Compost can be made in 4-5 weeks in a rotating version compared to conventional compost tumblers which take anything upto nine months.
  • The choice of colour for your compost tumbler is determined in the manufacturing phase, therefore eliminating the need to paint it. Recycled plastic compost tumblers come in a wide variety of colours.

I have outlined only a few of the benefits of choosing a recycled plastic rotating compost bin. And this is what makes them significantly better in everyway.  So please spare a thought before choosing the right one for you and think about the benefits, you can make a hell of alot of compost and even better it helps the environment.