Composting with a Tumbling Compost Bin {Part III of the DIY Danielle Earth Day Compost Series}

An intro to composting with a tumbling compost bin, Part III of the DIY Danielle Earth Day composting series.

Composting with a Tumbling Compost Bin: Pro's, Con's and Setup

An intro to composting with a tumbling compost bin, Part III of the DIY Danielle Earth Day composting series.

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The DIY Danielle Earth Day Composting Series

I love composting and we've got several types of bins to compost with. Each type of bin seems to offer different benefits and over this series, I will discuss the pro's and con's for each type of composting option. Keep an eye out for my other composting posts in April 2016 and be sure to subscribe if you want to ensure you don't miss them!

Composting with a Tumbling Compost Bin

Tumbling compost bins are closed and have a small window that opens to put compost inside. You can turn them using a lever or by pushing them around your yard (legit, lol). They're usually black or another dark color so the sun will warm the bin even more than normal. You do want to add moisture to them because you don't have the rain helping out. If you turn frequently, these should compost more frequently than an open bin... but perhaps only because you're more likely/easily able to turn them. That said, make sure that the bin you purchase or make can be turned easily with the bulk of the compost inside it. Check reviews.

I have a tumbling bin with a base but no handle to turn... you have to manually spin it. It's low to the ground. This makes it ROUGH on my back to turn and it's really hard to turn. It was free so I can't really complain, but a good tumbling bin is definitely on my wishlist.

Pro's and Con's

  • Processes faster than open bins.
  • Enclosed, easier to hide what they are from neighbors who might oppose a compost bin or pile
  • Keeps animals out.
  • Keeps wind from blowing away light items such as shredded paper.
  • Easy to turn (if you get a good one)
  • Smaller and hold less compost than an open bin.
  • Must add water for moisture.
  • More expensive.
  • Harder to fill because of the small doors that they have.
  • Doesn't process as fast as the worm compost bin.
  • Some are very hard to turn when full.
  • Don't get as much air flow as an open bin.

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Setting Up

I received my tumbling bin from someone on Freecycle and it was already setup. But these do require a bit more setup than an open bin because if you order them new, you'll need to put them together. I doubt it's a huge issue, but I am sure it depends on which bin you purchase. Read reviews on the bin to see if there are any issues.

This is a bin that my friend's husband made. Someday I'm getting a food grade barrel to do this with! 

DIY Tumbling Compost Bin

Caring for Your Compost Tumbler

Turn turn turn. Whenever you can.

Add moisture when dry. Make sure to add a good balance of nitrogen and carbon materials (get the free printable below).

Don't forget- smaller bits compost faster. It might be helpful to use a food processor to chop up stuff like citrus peels. 

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DIY Danielle: Composting with a Tumbling Compost Bin {Part III of the DIY Danielle Earth Day Compost Series}
Composting with a Tumbling Compost Bin {Part III of the DIY Danielle Earth Day Compost Series}
An intro to composting with a tumbling compost bin, Part III of the DIY Danielle Earth Day composting series.
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