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A compost tumbler is a rotating container with an opening for your organic waste like food scraps and yard waste. Turning the organic matter in a compost tumbler aerates or adds oxygen to the decomposing matter to reduce smells and expedite the composting process. Usually, a tumbler should be turned once a week or each time you add new material. A compost tumbler is great for those who live in smaller spaces with an outdoor are and those who are first starting to compost.
Stationary compost bins do not turn like their tumbler counterparts. Most of the enclosed composters are called continuous because you can add material any time there is space in the bin. However, compost is generated more slowly than in tumblers. With the continuous bins, the finished compost filters to the bottom of the bin and can be removed a few times a year. Because they are sealed with a lid, rodents and other critters are kept out.
Composting inside your home can be a tedious process, but there are many products on the market that make composting inside much easier. The products below consist of compost collection bins, Bokashi composters, and worm composters. The compost collection bins are simply a storage area for your organic waste that reduce smell rather than initiating the composting process. Bokashi Composting is a fast, anaerobic process that ferments organic waste into a nutrient-dense liquid to be used as a fertilizer. Worm composting is the process of using worms to quickly break down organic waste by allowing worms to digest food scraps, leaving behind a different kind of compost liquid that is often called compost tea.
Just about everything else you need to start, maintain, and manage your compost is here. If you’re first starting out, you might want to consider using a compost starter to help establish a colony of beneficial microbes. We also recommend using a compost thermometer to track the natural rise and fall of your compost’s temperature. Compostable trash bags come in a variety of sizes and quantities to fit the collection bin of your choice.
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