composting advice

Waukesha, WI(Zone 5a)

Hello everyone out there. My DH just recently ordered me a ComposTumbler and I am about to begin in the wonderful world of composting. Is there any tips advice and tried and true methods of making my first hand at composting fruiful and a success?????? Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated.

West Pottsgrove, PA(Zone 6b)

cece, that's a nice gesture on your husband's part, but seriously, look at the composting forum. Few people have any success with them ! Maybe it's not too late to cancel the order ? Many of the threads there deal with people's frustration with the tumblers. Spend the money on a nice bunch of bulbs or anything else. Just my sincere advice to you or anybody else thinking about a tumbler.....

Bluffton, SC(Zone 9a)

It works on a big scale like a farm but for a normal person it just doesn't work.

Lakeland, FL(Zone 9b)

Mine works fine

Waukesha, WI(Zone 5a)

Thank you cause I left alone and got the tumbler. It was a big step for my hubby to fianlly accept my love for gardening for it has become a passion in the past two years. So far I'm satisfied with it. Even though it is cold and not putting forth much heat at the inner core. I'm sure this spring and summer it will be fine.

Lakeland, FL(Zone 9b)

do you go to the composting and soil site

Waukesha, WI(Zone 5a)

Nah I just play it be pure instinct.

Point Richmond, CA(Zone 10b)

does anybody know where to get earthworms ? Thanks

Waukesha, WI(Zone 5a)

I guess you can get them mail order. I was going to look into it myself but DH nixed that idea said I was NOT spending his hard earned money on a bunch of worms. If you find out where and how much please let me know. -k-?

Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

There's a thread going on about where to get worms in the Organic Gardening forum

Hillsborough , NC(Zone 7a)

Best of luck with your tumbler, I have one and I love it! I can turn out pretty decent compost in about 3 weeks here in my climate. The compost forum has good info for the ratios of green and brown for the tumbler. It's such a quick, neat and tidy way to compost, and much less backbreaking for me.......although not everyone seems to have such a good experience as Claypa says.

Bluffton, SC(Zone 9a)

Worms? Get a shovel and dig. My bed right outside my front door is loaded with them. I don't know why anyone would have to buy worms.

This message was edited Apr 2, 2007 11:29 PM

Glendale/Parks, AZ

I have a ComposTumbler and have had it for about 10 years. It finally broke down in this Arizona heat. The drum split in a couple of places this year right by the gears so I can no longer turn it. Other than that, it did make good compost in a short time. I am thinking about getting another one and fashioning some shade so that it might last longer this time, that is if I can't manage to somehow repair the damage.

Orofino, ID(Zone 6a)

I've had mine since last June & I love was an inheritance from my aunt in Hemiston OR which is a climate similiar to ours....she had much sucess with it and I can say I've had compost in as little as 3wks during July & August here....I've kept mine going all winter and am amazed at how my kitchen stuff breaks down....We have already used material out of it this spring....and mine is a ComposTumbler. I would not hesitate to buy another....I have not had that kind of luck with lasagne composting but then it's easier turning a crank rather than a pitchfork.....Deb

Metro DC, MD(Zone 7a)

I was just looking through the composting forum for those threads on tumblers. Claypa, can you point me to a specific thread about them? This is the first that I've heard about them not being worth it. I compost using homemade wire bins, but I've always wondered about those tumblers. I'd kind of like to read up on them... In the meantime, I'll continue looking through Organics.

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