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Compost Tumbler Sighting!

Have you ever seen one of these compost tumbler models before?  This cute little compost tumbler was spotted in Charlotte, NC.  Before I opened it up, I had a feeling it would be filled with sludge, due to what looks like a lack of airflow design…where are the holes?  More on that in a moment.

Look at that cool little marking on the lid to denote whether the unit was open or closed…nice.  While it snapped into place quite easily, I wonder how many times I can do this before wearing it out.  If the locking mechanism failed, the tumbler would become useless as it flips end over end by design.

How were the contents?

The material in here looked pretty nice…crumbly and smelling good.  The only airflow design was the perforated axle that the unit rotated on.  I can’t imagine how this was enough for the process to work, but who knows?  I guess if you’re attentive to what you put in there, it’ll work just fine.

Speaking of turning this thing, good luck!  It’s less than halfway full and I was struggling to squat under it low enough to turn it over.  This is why I recommend and prefer tumblers that spin on a base low to the ground: I can “fall into it” and turn it easily without killing my back.

Not my favorite tumbler I’ve seen…anyone out there have one of these or know what brand it is?

The Clash of the Composts! vol. 2

The Clash of the Composts! vol. 2

It’s time for Clash of the Composts round 2, and this time I’m growing chives.  The 4 soil types are: worm castings, tumbler compost, commercial compost and trench compost/dirt.

This time around was pretty much the same…my homemade worm castings and tumbler compost outperformed the commercial compost and the regular dirt by a bit.

One cool thing I noticed this time was how the commercial compost was free of weeds…this is due to the thermal kill levels of mass piles of compost, and it showed.  Perhaps that is also why it didn’t do as well as my stuff.

The obvious conclusion here, like last time, is that compost definitely helps your stuff grow…so use it!

Hit the Like button and let me know if you’ve tried comparing compost types before…it’s actually a lot of fun!  If you haven’t signed up for my free composting course, you should do that on the right hand side of the page.