We have reviewed a number of different compost tumblers, and there is no doubt that they are the best device we have found for creating compost quickly and cleanly. But you do need to follow a few simple guidelines if you are to get the best out of your new composting tumbler.

In this article we will take a look at the simple steps that you need to follow to ensure that you get the best quality compost possible, but with the least amount of effort as well.

How To Compost With A Compost Tumbler

The main thing to bear in mind is that the end result is only ever going to be as good as the organic matter that you use. We talk about what to compost here so there is no need to repeat it in this article. Suffice to say that you need to use a good mix of organic matter. See the composting do’s and dont’s article for more great tips as well.

Layering The Matter

So, we know what we should use to make compost but we also need to make certain that we get a nice mixture of layers added in over time. Although a compost tumbler is going to churn everything up, and distribute the various matter evenly over time, it does not mean that we should go ahead and just fill it up with grass clippings to start with.

We want the whole process to be as easy and quick as possible.

To that end it is best to add in just a bucket or so of one material at a time. Then the next time you go to add in matter ensure that it is something different. It may be grass clippings one day, ash from a fire the next, and your kitchen waste the next. And this is why the Norpro countertop compost keeper is worth its weight in gold. Collect all raw organic waste from the kitchen and add it to the tumbler once the bucket is full.

By ensuring that you keep adding in a steady supply of mixed ingredients you will find that the process of turning it all into a rich and finished compost is accomplished in the shortest possible time frame.

All the various ingredients react together to work in the fastest possible way.

Spinning The Drum

This is really at the heart of ensuring that you get the best results, and fast. Often is as short a period as 4 weeks. Every time that you add in some new matter you should turn the drum a few times. We recommend something like the Achla CMP-05 as it is horizontal. We need to spin the drum a  few times a week so using a horizontal model means that any effort is taken out of the equation. Gravity works with us not against us like in some vertical models, so no muscle power is needed. As you can see in the above image for a related model.

If you simply add in a variety of matter regularly, and spin the drum often too, then there is not much more that you need to know about using a composting tumbler.

The rest is just a matter of waiting.

Once the container is full then it is still worth rotating it once or twice a week. You are chopping up the matter into small pieces, ensuring you get an even heat distribution, and this speeds up the whole process. In a few weeks you will be ready to use the compost on your garden in whatever way you see fit.

Composting Using A Tumbler