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Using the Compost Tumbler for Easy Composting

Updated on January 15, 2012

For your composting needs, you can always choose to use a compost tumbler or bin. But if you want faster results, then use a compost tumbler instead. So, to know more about this interesting take on tumblers for composting, read more below.

Facts on composting

Composting is a natural process that works in the breaking down of organic wastes. These are then formed into a nutrient-filled compost (also known as topsoil). Other than that, it also requires air, water, and some decomposing materials (can be in the form of kitchen scraps and garden wastes). Now, this process also needs a good container, for where to store the compost. This is where the tumblers and the bins come into the picture. 

How to make good use of your Compost Tumbler

Tumblers used for composting is a good household (can also be used as a kitchen composter) and garden equipment. You can simply use it for turning your daily household organic wastes into a natural fertilizer, and as a soil conditioner. So as an alternative to throwing away your vegetable peels, coffee grounds, or grass clippings straight into the trash bin, you may opt to saving these for other beneficial things. Throw in your scraps straight inside the composter instead, and see results in a few short weeks. 

Types of Compost Tumbler

There are 4 basic types of tumbling composters: the Crank, The Center, the Base-Rolling Drum, and the Roll-Around Sphere. Here are a few descriptions to these compost tumblers.

  • Crank-Operated Drums – you can turn the contents of this drum easily, as it rests horizontally on an elevated structure. You’ll only need to turn the crank to mix the contents inside it.
  • Center-Axle-Drums – now if the crank-operated drum works horizontally, then this one does the opposite of it. When it’s rotated (by means of a central axle), the contents then gets mixed as the drum is turned around. A good example of this would be the tumbleweed composter.
  • Base-Rolling Drum – this drum works by rolling it on the ground.
  • Roll-Around Sphere – this big ball of equipment works by rolling it all over the garden or lawn.

Advantages to using Compost Tumblers

So instead of making a compost bin, or setting up a compost pile in your backyard, try using compost tumblers for its other benefits. 

  • Can be pest-resistant and is odorless (no bad smells from decomposing materials)
  • Can keep moisture in more than compost heaps do
  • Can be easily maintained (you can just turn the contents without difficulty)
  • Can accommodate big amounts of organic materials

Now, if you’re interested in building a compost bin instead of using a compost tumbler, then you can always get handy tips on how to build your own by reading articles on this topic at the


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      wormcompostingfan 7 years ago

      it's good to hear that you're interested in vermicomposting ggerner! thanks for visiting! :)

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      ggerner 7 years ago

      Composting makes so much sense. I need to get one of these. Thanks for the info.