I’ve been wanting to compost for months. It took me a while to start: the selection of compost bins, tumblers, pails and mixes is overwhelming! Did I want an open pile, upright bin or rotating bin? When is the best time to start? How will I get the right ratio of brown and green materials? What IS the right ratio of brown and green materials?
Finally, after reading reviews and asking questions, I settled on and bought this guy:
Why yes, it is a dual-batch rotating compost tumbler! I chose a bin because I didn’t want to encourage rodent visits, a dual-batch model to have two stages of decomposition and a rotating one for ease of mixing the compost.
What I like especially like about it is that it has two lids: one says “start” and one “finish,” so you always know which side to add your fresh scraps.
We started last Tuesday. I grabbed several hands-full of brown leaves still on the ground since fall, and started adding kitchen scraps. Once the bin was a quarter full, I added more leaves. I also hosed it down because compost is supposed to be damp (excess water drained out of the air holes).
I have nearly no idea what I’m doing. I’ve read some stuff and talked to some people, but I still don’t exactly know how it will work. How long until I can use it? Will the compost additive I bought help? How long until the bin is full?
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