What would you do if someone told you they had the secret to obtain the following for your garden:
Not only could you get these benefits (and more), but you can get them for free every year. Whether you're new to composting or you're a certified compost wizard, you can up your game with any of the bins explored below.
The first compost bin we'll explore is a dual-chambered tumbler: The Yimby Tumbler Composter. Dual chambers? Tumbler? Don't worry, even though composting lingo can get a little complicated, stay with us. These terms are as simple as they seem. There are two main benefits to a system like this. 1) The tumbling action makes aerating your compost as effortless as possible (short of having a robot do it for you). 2) The dual chambers allow you to have one batch curing while you add to the other side. You could have finished compost in two weeks time (depending on conditions and materials added).
This might be the droid (compost bin) you are looking for. But seriously, it might be the right bin to get you started. This unit combines two important features for someone starting out: 1) larger capacity and, 2) worms are welcome. The bin is open at the bottom and will provide access for worms to join in on the composting fun. There might be one thing that gardeners like more than compost, and that would be worm castings (for the newbies, worm castings = worm poop). I want to go back to the capacity "feature" now. It's not a "feature" just because you can put more in it. It's a "feature" because a larger pile will be better insulated and allow you to cook your compost faster and more efficiently. Who doesn't love making compost faster?
Sure, this compost bin is not likely to be a conversation piece. What it lacks in futuristic appeal, it more than makes up for in simplicity and capacity. It's expandable up to 216 gallons. Wow! If you want capacity, durability, and affordability in one easy-to-use package, this is the "bin" for you. With the included keys, you can adjust the size (diameter) of this bin for your application. This is a great item for both beginners and master gardeners alike.
If you were not excited by the Geobin above because of its ordinary appearance, and you prefer something that will spark a conversation, this Envirocycle bin just may be the ticket. This US-made medium-sized composter has both the looks and the functionality. For those who are looking for an "out-of-the-box" experience, this no-assembly required bin is the answer.
So far, we've looked at 4 great bins for getting your composting started. We wanted to take this opportunity to change our direction (slightly) to bins designed to hold your compost scraps until you're ready to bring them to the larger bin for "cooking." Above you see a rust-resistant, odor-catching bin designed to hold your scraps in waiting. Once you've filled it up (1.3 gallons), it's ready to bring to your larger bin. This is a great worry-free option for your kitchen.
For some, shiny steel kitchen gear is a major eyesore. If you are one of these people, you can get similar functionality to the stainless steel unit above and with some savings to boot. This compost storage bin is made of smooth plastic that will help make emptying and cleaning it as painless as possible. It does have a smaller capacity.
This unit sure has an interesting name. We'll get into that at another time. For now, let's discuss where something like this fits in our list. This is a kitchen bin but unlike the above two kitchen bins, this unit will actively compost your scraps. You will receive both liquid and solid compost. Two important things must be noted. The solid compost you get will be unfinished and require finishing by being placed into soil. Second, you can compost items that are not normally permitted in traditional composting methods. Sweet!
We have presented you with 7 compost bins with the hope that you would determine what is the best compost bin for you. It's easy to feel lost at this point. If you still feel like you need more time or information, please click on the learn more buttons above.
Besides buying a bin, building your own is another possibility. Either way, we believe (and you probably do too) that composting is a worthwhile practice. It's more important to get started than to get stuck in "analysis-paralysis." Interested in a challenge? Consider accepting our 7-day challenge found here.
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I am a husband, father of 3, and a full time educator. I take my passion for sustainability from at home in the garden with my family to school with the children in the community. Through awareness, change can come. Will you change with us? We'd be happy to have you.