Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Composting: Turning garbage into goodies...



I have had one of these tumblers for years (note advertisement photo). Although they are really not more efficient then a well turned composting frame they seem to be easier (you turn a crank rather then a pitchfork).




The basic premise; I take my vegetable waste, plant clippings, etc (no protiens) and dump them in this tumbler. Now the manufacturer said I would have compost in 14 days- and I did have... once... in the middle of August... but, over all it takes about 3 weeks and even then you have to 'break up' the composted matter a little bit. Still, the flowers love the composted dirt.




Does anyone else compost?


9 comments:

Zoe said...

who the heck is that guy??

Zoe said...

PS...Thats a kewel thingy..

A Softer Side said...

I have no idea who the guy is- I was showing you the tumbler! LOL.

mike said...

Great Blog. I love watching seed progress. Good luck with all of your new sprouts. I am in the process of making a tumbler compost bin out of a plastic 55 gal drum.

A Softer Side said...

I have been composting for years; the plants love it and I can enhance the soil without so many chemicals.
Good luck!

Rowing and Sowing said...

We have a compost pile in the back of the barn (hidden - lol). Everything organic (from the table or from the old garden except tomato vines or anything else that might carry nemotodes) goes in the compost pile. It's been there since I can remember. When we want compost or planter fill-in or when we're setting out a new plant, we go behind the barn with buckets and shovel from the bottom of the compost pile where it's the richest. It's great stuff! It has a tendency, though, to attract coons :)

Zoe said...

Hi ya Mike!..better look at softs progress we planted the same day......I HAVE NOTHING...i am going to checkout your blog!

Jane Marie said...

I've wanted one of those turning compost things for years. Is this the year for it? Maybe I'll have to check the budget and just do it.

A Softer Side said...

Jane Marie,
It works.

I have pretty stiff bones and the turning of compost by hand is something I do not want to do, so I have the drum. There are many sizes and types available- shop around before you get one so you get the best deal for what YOU need.

Thanks for stopping by!