You don’t need for a pitchfork when you use a compost tumbler. Turning or spinning keeps the pile inside fired up by allowing oxygen to reach the decomposing materials. If you do it correctly, a compost tumbler can cut months from the composting process — sometimes as little as three to four weeks!
Compost helps retain the moisture in your soil and adds rich nutrients for healthy plants. With a DIY Compost Tumbler you can easily reuse, and recycle your kitchen and garden waste into a rich organic soil conditioner.
The difference between a standard compost system and a Compost Tumbler is that you will turn the contents more often in a tumbler. Turning introduces air — one of the four vital ingredients (the others being nitrogen, carbon and water) — that is necessary to turn vegetable matter into compost.
Here are 3 easy to build DIY Compost Tumblers for you…
1. The Horizontal Axle Compost Tumbler
As you can see, this design is on a solid wooden stand with the barrel turning on an axle running through the center. If you make the stand the high enough you should be able to get a wheelbarrow underneath. When your compost is ready you can tip it directly into the wheelbarrow.
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