Our old house needed many things; this barrel compost tumbler was one of them.
When we first moved into this house I was ready to garden and had a clean slate to work with. We started composting, long before we got our barrel tumbler. Moving into a house built pre civil war with so much human history is really interesting and had it’s own creep factor. We’ve had nothing but friendly ghosts, honest. Around the property we find remnants of the past lives who spent time here. At one time it was a boarding house, a music school, a farm store, farmhouse, and according to letter discovered in the wall; housed the wives left behind when their spouses were off to war.
We moved in during the winter, we were excited to see what secrets would bloom in the spring. Unfortunately we were very disappointed as there were no plants to speak of. We knew that the house had a lots of gardens as the past owner ran a vegetable stand. The soil is pure sand, the only way anyone could garden here would be to use a lot of synthetic fertilizer as I see no sign of composting anywhere around.
Immediately, we started a compost system here and still compost today but in a closed container, we learned quickly. Open container composting is quick, and easy to build and work with, the vermin were attracted to the buffet laid out before them nightly. Soon we found ourselves at Gardener’s Supply Outlet store for discounted items. There were many choices, we decided on this rotating barrel arrangement.
There are days we fill this up to the brim, barely able to close the cover. Checking the composter a few days later to find thatit will be reduced in half. Even in the winter, we continue to add to this composter without filling it up. In addition to this unit, for table scraps, we have a large heap style compost pile for yard waste, I rob the yard waste pile for brown matter to feed the bin often.