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Neil G Jay
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I've got a small compost tumbler which I put all my green kitchen waste into (no meat) and it's turned regularly, from which I get pretry good compost from in about 5-6 weeks. I added some worms from the garden which multiply fairly prolifically in time. I empty it and put the compost onto my raised beds leave some worms and compost in there which re-starts the next lot. Does anyone else use tumblers or worm boxes? What do people prefer/think is best?
 
Jeanine Gurley Jacildone
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I am incredibly lazy – that is why I like permaculture; in its purest form it removes as many labor related functions as possible.

Here are my three methods – and none of them involve turning or tumbling the compost.
1. Compost in place.

2. Put waste in the top of a large bin and have a large opening at the bottom that I pull finished compost out of.  I try not to disturb the worms. 
*But I do sometimes steal too many worms for other projects so I have to put more in.

3. Have large bin to put waste in with a completely open bottom.  Occasionally I move the bin to different areas – worms and other creatures continually move the waste into the earth enriching the area.  Sometimes I will plant all around the bin.  And sometimes volunteer plants sprout there too.

 
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