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Our composter.

We have owned this composter for just over a year now. The only complaints I have are that it fills up too fast if all of our lawn clippings go into it and that sometimes the spokes come apart making it impossible to turn the handle. http://www.gardencomposter.com/product_400.html  It will be easier to manage now that I bought our green cone because less food waste will need to go into it. Turning the tumbler is more fun than a traditional composter and they promise faster results which is great!

When it arrived last year I got way too excited and filled the tumbler way too much. All winter it was too full to add anything. This spring I had to empty it by hand (gross). I started from scratch to get a good mix going.

Before we bought the tumbler I was using a traditional composter. I bought it used from the local recycling center. It never fit properly together and really needed to be replaced. Still it was easier than my original method of just burying small mounds of compostable stuff in my flower garden.

Next year we will probably be buying a rain barrel to add to our “green” arsenal. Rome wasn’t built in a day and we can’t buy everything needed to turn this house completely “green” overnight either. After that who knows what we will do. Maybe dual flush toilets, windmills or solar panels on our roof (ha ha).

Any suggestions?


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


One thought on “Our composter.

  1. I just throw everything into a pile, “flip it” once a quarter, and use all of it each gardening season (every 6 mos). Yes, it fills up fast, but the shoulder and leg work I get for flipping it is a bonus (I don’t pay for a gym membership). Came over from Jennifer at ZeroWaste. I like your style!

    Posted by Shannon | August 24, 2012, 6:49 pm

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