Have you seen the Compost Wizard compost tumbler before?
I know I had my reservations about it at first, then I liked it, then I wasn’t sure. Yesterday I was out for a stroll in the neighborhood and happened to discover one out in the open, so I checked it out:
First things first, this compost tumbler is in bad shape for a number of reasons…so this isn’t just a review, but more like a how-to guide. You can guess the first issue straight away, right? It’s not exactly level. I tried to tumble it, and it was really hard because it’s on a slant. So there you have it: make sure your composter is level.
It doesn’t appear that the compost tumbler was being paid attention to, or it was just being used as a waste receptacle. It was halfway filled with potting soil, and then a bunch of dead weeds and plants. Yikes! Now is the time of year to fix it…and I was quite tempted to. Add a ton of shredded leaves, wet it down, shred up the current contents and add some food waste.
The last step is to tumble it each week. This thing has the worst grips ever on it…it needs ridges! It doesn’t help that it’s sitting on a slight hill, and it’s filled with potting soil for some strange reason. The axles were rusted out and the barrel easily slides off the rollers as a result. The sides have plenty of holes for air circulation, and the contents of this were completely dried out.
Maybe I’ll go back as the Compost Crusader and get this thing up and composting again…that would make for a fun little mission, wouldn’t it?
When it comes to compost tumblers, I’ve found that there’s several important considerations to choose the right one for you. Keep in mind that not everyone’s situation is best for a tumbler, and that you can compost without spending a single penny.
If you’re interested in a compost tumbler, keep these key factors in mind as there’s plenty of sub-par compost designs out there:
If you have any questions, please get in touch. Thanks for watching!
Do I need more than one compost tumbler? No! You don’t even need one. You don’t even need a dollar to compost at home. It’s all a matter of choice.
This is a short and sweet video… he’s either super strong or there’s next to material in there! I’m surprised he didn’t mention the benefit of having a tumbler spinning end over end vs. horizontally. This looks like a decent tumbler although it looks tippy. Either way, good stuff.