A rotating composter can make ready to use compost in under 8 weeks. Read on to see our introduction to making compost in a compost tumbler.
You may also like to see our guide to making compost here.
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Review Of Rotating Composters
Rotating composters make compost faster that traditional compost bins. This is because they enable you to turn the compost bin easily, perhaps on a daily basis or several times a week.
The rotation helps to break apart the composting material, spreading air and bacteria through the bin that promotes faster decomposition.
Benefits Of A Rotating Composter
- Speed Of Compost Making
This is the main benefit of purchasing a rotating composter. The results you achieve will be dependent upon how often you turn the bin, the ambient temperature (cold weather will slow or stop the process) and the mix of ingredients you use. Where as a traditional compost bin may take up to one whole growing season to make compost, a rotating bin can achieve the same results in a few weeks.
- Higher Level Of Nutrients
Unlike compost bins that stand on bare soil, a rotating composter is a sealed container. This means that the nutrients and liquids that would otherwise leach out remain in the compost, resulting in a richer compost to use around your garden or allotment.
- Eliminate Rodent Attack
By their design, a rotating composter stands off the ground and has a sealed container. This prevents rodents getting to the compost. However, you may also want to store compost ready to be placed in the rotating composter in a traditional compost bin, or consider buying two rotating composters (one decomposing, the other being filled).
Things To Consider Before Buying
Not all rotating composters are the same. Here are a few pointers to look out for when considering which model to buy:
- Barrel Size
A traditional compost bin is approximately 220 litres in size. When considering a rotating composter you may not need such a large size because it makes compost faster. However, you may still need somewhere to store compost whilst you wait for decomposition.
- Ease Of Opening
If the barrel opens too easily you may end up with accidental spillage. If the barrel is too difficult to open this can be hard work and frustrating. It may be worth reading user reviews to check this out before purchasing.
- Two Chambers Or One?
Some models have two chambers for compost, one for filling and one for decomposing. The advantage of this is that you do not need two compost bins or composters, the disadvantage that you make less compost at one time.
- Ease Of Rotating
A rotating composter needs to be turned frequently, so the ease of turning is an important consideration. This is partly determined by the barrel size and the weight of compost it contains. However, at least of equal importance is the design of the rotating composter itself. A design that allows you to push standing up or has mechanical help to make rotating easier will considerably reduce the effort involved.
- Build Quality
A keen gardener will use a rotating composter frequently. It is worth looking at buyer reviews and whether the manufacturer offers a guarantee. Also, consider galvanised steel models or ones that are made from strong, UV resistant plastic.