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Post  sgeades on 6/8/2011, 9:28 pm

Hi Everyone,

We have a 3 by 3 foot compost bin that has contents that are getting
close to being fully composted. I'm really anxious to put some over my
plants now though as some of them are not growing very well and seem to
show signs of deficiency. We just bought a compact compostumbler from a
neighbor. I would like to get compost fast. Do you think it will work
to transfer some of the unfinished compost to the tumbler so I could
turn it daily to get the finished product really quick? At best,
because turning the big compost pile takes a significant chunk of time,
we only get out there to turn once a week maybe. But cranking the handle
a few times on the compost tumbler takes only a minute each day.

Do you think it will work? Will it not work because the bulk is
reduced? If it will, how much to add to the tumbler? I don't want to
over load it. If anybody has a tumbler, how full is it when it is near
fully composted? By the way, if anybody remembers my post about the
fungus gnats, I turned both piles and now the flies are gone. Just
needed to turn the newer pile and it got rid of the problem! Smile I also
sprinkled cinnamon which may have helped too.



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Re: Compost

Post  Denese on 6/15/2011, 4:40 pm

I have one, and yes you can put the partially composted items into it and get it finished faster. I have found that when I do that, if I add a little "compost starter" to it, it will get started cooking again, faster. Hope this helps. I really like my tumbler. It's much easier on the back. Now I've challenged my son with creating a motor for it, so I can set it to turn everyday on a timer, cause sometimes I just plain forget to turn it (menopausal memory loss). Laughing I'll let you know if he comes up with anything!

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