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Why Compost Tumblers?


Why Compost?

  • Compost provides the micro nutrients needed for plants to grow strong and healthy.
  • Organically active soil helps prevent diseases.
  • Organic matter attracts earth worms – adding richness to the soil.

The compost soil itself is beneficial for the land in many ways, including as a soil conditioner, a fertilizer to add vital humus or humic acids, and as a natural pesticide for soil. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compost  


Why Compost Tumblers?

  • Create a perfect batch every time.
  • Instead of turning compost over with a spade, simply rotate the tumbler once a day.
  • Proven to be effective and efficient.

Why Bruce's Compost Tumblers?

  • Parts and workmanship are guaranteed for 12 months – never compromise quality.
  • All metal components are galvanised or stainless steel, H4 timber used. (The barrels we use are food grade.)
  • Check out the results at the barn ( check out Our Journey tab on this website,  contact details for address)

Compost Tumbler

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Compost Tumbler on Stand

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The end result – Black Gold!

  • Air is an important ingredient in the composting process. By regular turning of the compost, you increase the frequency and amount of air distributed in the compost. Best of all it is approximately 10 times quicker than compost bins and other methods.
  • It is totally enclosed and raised off the ground, keeping rodents and pests away.
  • It is much easier to turn a compost tumbler than to manually turn a compost pile.
  • Compost tumblers tip straight into your wheelbarrow or container. No back breaking pitch forking or digging.
  • There is a hatch so it’s really easy to put household waste into your compost.
  • Tumbler requires little maintenance – simply grease shaft every few months.
  • By producing your own compost you help the environment, don’t fill up landfills, save money and know you get a quality product.
The best compost needs a good balance of four basic ingredients: greens + browns + water + air.

  • Greens – includes kitchen vegetable and fruit scraps, vegetable peelings, tea leaves, coffee grounds, soft garden debris, lawn clippings, seaweed.
  • Browns – includes paper, sawdust, straw, leaves, cereal boxes, cardboard, napkins, tree clippings, woody materials like cabbage stalks.

Note: Food scraps and garden material compost much quicker when chopped into smaller pieces. Paper products can be ripped into small pieces and soaked in water before composting. Non-compostable materials

  • Weeds such as oxalis, live twitch, docks, convolvulus and dandelions.
  • Large pieces of wood, bones, inert materials like tins, glass, plastic or diseased plant material.
  • Meat, fish, fats or cooking and salad oils – these may create fly, rodent and odour problems.
  • Plant foliage with chemical spray residue, especially hormone type weed killers.
  • Toxic material.  http://www.sustainability.govt.nz/rubbish/composting
  • When you empty your compost, always leave a little in the tumbler. This helps the next batch get going quickly.
  • A couple of handfuls of blood and bone are excellent compost activators and a few handfuls of garden lime.
  • Compost tumblers should only ever be 3/4 full.
  • At rest, leave the tumbler on a slight angle so rain can wash off.
  • You can make “compost tea” to nourish your garden. Take a couple of large handfuls of compost. Put it in a bag that water can seep through. Leave it overnight in a 5gal bucket of water. Strain and use as foliage spray or apply directly onto garden.  Any liquid fertisilisers are a good addition to the tumbler when you are making your compost.
  • Keep compost moist by adding fresh water, or add “worm tea” from your worm farm.
  • If you are applying compost to specific plants e.g. citrus – you can add citrus fertiliser to the tumbler, mix it in and then apply to the plants.
  • Minimise or don’t use citrus fruit as it can make the compost too acidic.
  • If you want a finer mix, to spread on to lawns or make seed raising or potting mix, let the compost mature for a longer time then sift before use.
  • Compost tumbler on the stand needs to sit on a level base.
  • Comfrey is a great addition to your compost mix and works as an activator.

Position tumbler in the sun (any heat will speed up the process). Maintenance:  grease shaft where it comes in contact with flanges, every few months. How often should you turn the tumbler? The more the merrier – 4 or 5 times a day is the optimum. The ultimate is to have 2 or more compost tumblers. One tumbler is being added to, the other is maturing.

Bruce Brownlee

34G Kewa Rd, Albany, Auckland 0632

Phone: 09 448 5890, 027 724 1524