Let’s find the best compost bin for your lifestyle.Should you use a Compost Tumbler, a static Compost Bin or try the fascinating world of Worm Composting? Whichever you choose, for a gardener, there are few things more satisfying than Composting. Nothing compares to taking waste from your kitchen and garden and turning it into rich, new soil for pots or garden beds.
- Kitchen compost bins
- Static Compost Bins
- Compost Tumbler Bins
- Homemade Compost Bins
Not to lose track of the fact that the things you grow in that new soil, be it fresh vegetables, fresh Strawberries in a hanging basket, or aromatic herbs to intensify your cooking, are all 100% totally guaranteed Organic produce.
We are going to look at some off the shelf solutions first.
Made in the USA by Envirocycle, the manufacturers simply claim that this is the most beautiful composter in the world, we also think it is the best compost tumbler bin available.
On the subject of “most beautiful”, whether used as a single unit, or as a series of two or more side by side, these compost tumblers have a compact but strong appearance, that actually enhances your Garden whilst so many others detract. So the makers claim might just stand up to scrutiny too.
10 Reasons why this is the Best Compost Tumbler Bin
The Yimby Tumbler Composter is the Number 1 best-selling Compost Tumbler on Amazon. It is made by Forrest City, a leading designer, and manufacturer of Compost Systems.
This compost tumbler has the flexibility of two chambers.
Using a Yimby Tumbler Composter
It is very easy to get the best results from this Composter. Simply place it in a sunny spot, (to minimize the maturing time), and progressively fill the first chamber. It helps to add a little soil or compost starter first, then add your kitchen scraps. I suggest you rotate the Chamber a few turns every couple of days.
Depending on the amount of material you have available, it could take you about a month to fill a chamber. Once full, just leave it to mature and start adding material to the second one.
I have seen claims that your Compost will be ready in two weeks. However, in reality, I think it more likely that once the chamber is full, it will take about a month. During that time just continue to rotate the
chamber every couple of days, and keep it moist.
If you are new to composting, waiting 2 months from start to finish might seem like a long time. It’s not, this is a much quicker turn around than an old fashioned Compost Heap.
Once you get started, of course, you are filling the second compartment while the first is cooking. In effect, the process gets faster and more continuous as you go along. Read more
Worm Composting is a very different way to produce rich garden Compost from your kitchen scraps. Unlike Compost Bins and Compost Tumblers, compost from a worm farm does not rely on internal heat to turn your scraps into rich new soil.
In a worm farm, as the name suggests, it is the special (Red) Composting Worms that do the work.
Worm composting does not involve regular garden worms. In fact, Compost worms will probably not survive if accidentally removed from your worm farm trays, and added to your garden beds with the castings. Composting worms live off the bacteria created by the degrading scraps.
Composting worms cannot tolerate heat or sunlight, so keep this in mind, and place your worm farm in a shady position. It also helps to place a moist hessian sack or layers of moist cardboard on top of the scraps in your top tray, to keep worms cool.
Your Compost worms will rapidly burrow down to escape any sunlight. This is very helpful when it comes to harvesting worm castings from your trays. As the worms burrow, you can safely remove the castings without discarding the worms themselves. Read more
After I started Composting, one of the factors foremost in my mind was speed. Just how quickly could I get fresh new soil from household waste. The same applied when I bought my worm farm. It made sense when I read that the smaller the scraps going into my Compost bin and Worm farm, the better. That is when I decided to buy a Kitchen Compost Shredder.
I settled on the newly improved Green Cycler Platinum 2
Most of the reviews I had read about earlier models suggested that as a shredder, the Green Cycler did a great job.
However, in the early models, there had been some issues with stability as the suction cups were not up to the job.
Also, apparently the grinder handle was not as strong as it should have been.
The new, upgraded, Plainium2 model was supposed to fix all that, with it’s improved Suction cups and stronger crank. Read more
The free standing plastic compost bin is found in more gardens than any other type of Bin. The reasons for this are simple, they are inexpensive, easy to install, and easy to use. Just add a little understanding of the composting process, and you are on your way to new, nourishing soil for your garden.
In reality, these compost bins are not made from plastic at all. They are made from a much more resilient plastic Resin. This provides the durability to withstand the elements all year round.
Redmon Green Culture Plastic Compost Bin
Redmon is a New Zealand company. Its 65-gallon Compost bin is Amazons #3 best selling product in Outdoor compost bins. Weighing only 15 pounds, it comes with easy to follow assembly Instructions. They also provide a free guide to making great Compost.
Once you have the Bin assembled, the first thing you will notice is the full-width access provided by the removable Lid.